Never leave a dog unattended in a car, even on a mildly warm day.
Even with the car windows open and water available, temperatures can quickly heat up to around 50 degrees Celsius. Meat can be cooked in ovens in only a little over this temperature as the proteins start to break down.
What to do if your dog overheats:
- Contact the vet immediately
- Move the dog out of the heat
- Offer the dog cool, rather than cold, water for small drinks if the dog is still conscious
- If possible, fan the dog with cool air
- Wrap in cool, damp towels or spray with cool, not cold, water. Pay particular attention to the head
- Cool the dog’s tongue by dabbing with a cold, damp cloth
For more information on how to prevent heatstroke please see our information sheet or contact Cinque Ports Vets.