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Saturday, 13 August 2011

DON'T COOK YOUR DOG!

Although you would think people would know better by now, every year we hear of yet more incidents of dogs dying in hot cars.

There is still a misconception that dogs only die in hot cars if you don't drop the window or leave a bowl of water. Unfortunately, the temperature inside a car on a hot day can rise extremely rapidly. Studies have shown that if the temperature outside is 22 degrees Celsius, within 60 minutes the temperature inside a car can rocket to 46 degrees, and having the windows open a crack hardly slows the rise at all.

The early warning signs of heatstroke are:
- Heavy panting, profuse salivation
- Rapid pulse, very red gums/tongue
- Lethargy, incoordination
- Vomiting, diarrhoea
- Loss of consciousness

Heatstroke first aid:
- Move dog to a shaded/cool area
- Douse with cool water + let the dog drink small amounts
- Find a vet, phone ahead then take the dog there

If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, 'phone 999.

Broad Lane Vets fully support the most recent campaign set up by the Editor of Dogs Today; www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/dontcookyourdog



























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