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Kennel Club Urges Dog Lovers To Keep Pets Cool At Events

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 degrees Celsius.

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 weather.

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 water."

For those travelling with their dogs during the summer months, the Kennel Club has issued the following advice during warm weather.



To view the Kennel Club's 'Don't cook your dog' video visit or search 'Don't cook your dog' on Youtube.