Devon: 'Hot Dogs' Left In Cars

16 June 2014, 08:01 | Updated: 16 June 2014, 08:02

Woman with dog in car

Dogs can die from heatstroke in as little as 20 minutes.

Now, we're being warned not to leave them in stuffy staionary cars. 

It doesn't even have to be a warm day to kill and leaving a window open or a sunshield on windscreens won't keep your car cool enough. 

If you're concerned about a dog in a car the advice is to ring the police on 999. 

Or you can call the RSPCA 24-cruelty line 0300 1234 999 

Below are some of the early signs of heatstroke: 

  • heavy panting 
  • profuse salivation 
  • rapid pulse 
  • very red gums/tongue 
  • lethargy 
  • lack of coordination 
  • reluctance/inability to rise after collapsing 
  • vomiting diarrhoea loss of consciousness. 

Some dogs are more prone than others: 

  • dogs with short snouts fatter/muscley 
  • dogs long-haired breeds old/young dogs 
  • dogs with certain diseases/on certain medication 

Act quickly, heatstroke can be fatal! 

If dogs show any signs of heatstroke, move them to a shaded, cool area. 

Ring your vet immediately. Urgently, gradually lower their body temperature.