As the British weather starts to look promising, the Kennel Club
is renewing calls to keep dogs safe by never leaving them
unattended in a car.
Each year the Kennel Club hears awful reports of dogs being cooked
alive after being left in a car in hot weather, a situation which
can so easily be avoided. In common with many animals, dogs
are extremely sensitive to heat, and even on a mildly warm day they
can quickly overheat - even with the car windows open and water
available - as temperatures can quickly heat up to around 50
The summer months are filled with dog shows, agility competitions
and many other events which see dog lovers coming out in force, and
the Kennel Club urges anyone in charge of a dog to ensure they keep
it safe by not leaving it unattended in a car in warm
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "Whilst the summer sun
can never be guaranteed in this country, recent sunny spells remind
us that even on a fairly warm and cloudy day cars can get very hot,
very quickly, and could prove fatal to our much loved pets.
"Dogs die traumatic deaths every year from quite literally being
cooked alive so we urge people to take extra care when out and
about with their dogs, whether that is at a show or simply whilst
popping to the shops. Even cars left in the shade can heat up
alarmingly quickly and dogs feel this even more than we do, so we
urge people to avoid leaving dogs in the car alone regardless of
whether or not the windows are open and they have access to
For those travelling with their dogs during the summer months, the
Kennel Club has issued the following advice during warm
- Consider the weather and your journey in advance, especially if
you don't have air conditioning in your car. Think about whether
the journey is absolutely necessary for your dog.
- Make sure your dog has plenty of space in the car and isn't
confined or forced to sit in direct sunlight.
- Make sure there is shade provided: even in an air conditioned
car a dog can become too hot if in full sun.
- Make sure plenty of stops are taken with lots of water
available to drink.
- Take cold water in a thermos rather than a plastic bottle so it
stays cold rather than being lukewarm. Ice cubes are helpful in a
thermos for cooling too.
- Leave a dog unattended in a car, even with the window open and
water available. Take them out of the car and leave them in
a secure, cool place with access to shade and water or take them
with you, there are plenty of places that are part of the
Kennel Club's Be Dog Friendly campaign (formerly Open For
Dogs) and will allow dogs in. Search for these at
- Let your dog take part in unnecessary exertion in hot weather,
or stand in exposed sunlight for extended lengths of time.
- Pass by a dog if you see one suffering in a car. Whether it be
in a supermarket car park or at a show, make sure you let someone
in authority know and if in doubt call the police on 101 or the
RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
To view the Kennel Club's 'Don't cook your dog' video visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dontcookyourdog
or search 'Don't cook your dog' on Youtube.