Don't leave your dog in the car this summer.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer
Don't leave your dog in the car this summer. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer Brenda Strong GLA311213DOGG

Stop your mate getting hot under the collar

DOGS may be humanity’s best friend - but taking them anywhere with you by car in summer is not necessarily returning that friendship.

In the summer heat, car interiors can be death traps for dogs - even with windows open.

Ashley Fruno, spokesman for animal welfare group PETA said dogs can suffer heatstroke very quickly even in cars left in the shade – and brain damage can result.

“On a 30-degree day, the temperature inside a car parked in the sun can reach 54 degrees in just minutes,” Mr Fruno said.

He said if you see a dog showing any symptoms of heatstroke – including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy and lack of coordination – “get the animal into the shade immediately”.

“You can lower a symptomatic dog's body temperature by providing the dog with water, applying a cold towel to the dog's head and chest or immersing the dog in tepid (not ice-cold) water,” Mr Fruno said.

“Then immediately contact a vet.”


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