Every year the Dogs Trust has to remind dog owners not to leave their pets in their cars and TVP West Berkshire has stepped up the campaign.
The Dogs Trust urges dog owners to think twice before any car travel with their pet.
They advise: “If you have to travel with your dog, plan your trip. Consider traveling during the cooler times of the day, identify places to take breaks, and avoid congested roads or times of day when you might get stuck in traffic. “
His clear warning to never leave your dog in a vehicle, even with the window down, is backed up by a poster campaign.
The Dogs Trust poster, which warns that a dog could die within 20 minutes if left in a hot car, has been tweeted by police as a reminder for dog owners to take care of their pets.
His advice to viewers is that if you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999 immediately.
The Dogs Trust also regularly reminds dog owners of other precautions to take in extreme heat:
The trust goes on to advise what to do if you spot the early signs of heat stroke, including panting, shortness of breath, tiredness, decreased desire to play, drooling and vomiting.
If you detect these signs –
Dogs Trust says that having fun with your dog indoors can be just as invigorating as a walk, but owners still need to be aware that they need to ensure their dogs stay cool indoors too, so choose the coolest room of the house, staying out of direct sunlight, always having fresh water available and making sure your dog has a cool place to relax and sleep.
More tips and advice from Dogs Trust here.
In August 2020, the moment Bill Morris rescued a dog from a boiling car in Newbury’s retail park by smashing the car’s window with an ax made national headlines and serves as a reminder to keep your pets safe.
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