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Dog warning: Owners told pets can easily overheat in cars despite modest temperatures

By Tom Gibson | May 31, 2022


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With many Brits looking ahead to a Jubilee staycation, warnings have been issued about leaving dogs in cars, even though temperatures may be relatively modest.

Dog warning: Owners told pets can easily overheat in cars despite modest temperatures

Although the highs of summer haven’t yet hit, nice weather is predicted for this upcoming extended weekend with scores of motorists expected to venture to some of the UK’s hotspots to enjoy the Jubilee weekend.

And, for many of them, pets will provide company.

Although dogs can travel perfectly safely in cars over long distances, warning have been issued by the Dogs Trust, which has urged all dog owners to be aware of the risks and to consider the welfare of their beloved pets.

Research has shown that in the 21 degrees centigrade temperature many us will experience this weekend, internal temperature in cars shoot up to over 45 degrees in just an hour - more than double what it was at the start.

These temperatures can be extremely dangerous for dogs, with their layers of warm fur, and who must pant to try to keep cool given their inability to sweat. Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, said: “We all want to have fun and head out with our dogs whatever the weather, but sadly every year we hear of dogs getting in distress because they are left in cars on warm days. “Many people still believe it's OK if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's not and we strongly advise that dog owners should never leave their dog in a car on a warm day, even if it feels cool outside.”

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