Do not leave pets in hot parked cars

20/03/2019 Posted by admin

Two dogs have died of avoidable heat stress in NSW last week, prompting the RSPCA to plead with pet owners to not leave dogs in parked cars – even in the shade.One of the dogs died in a car inSydneyon Thursday after being locked in an underground car park with the windows wound down – a common misconception that leaving a dog in a car parked in the shade or with the windows down is safe.
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“It’s apparent some people are just not getting the message that a parked car is no place for a dog. It can be lethal, as we see all too often,” said RSPCA NSW chief inspector David OShannessy.

“It only takes six minutes for an animal to die from heat stroke. Cars parked in the sun can reach temperatures in excess of 80 degrees Celsius, and can remain dangerously hot even if the windows are open. Evidently, even cars parked in the shade – even in an underground carpark – can reach lethal temperatures. A dog cannot sweat in these conditions and panting increases the heat in the car.”

The scorching heat wave that has been plaguing the state is set to continue this week, with high 30s inSydney, and 40s in the west of the state, prompting fears of further deaths. RSPCA NSW is urging pet owners to plan ahead – don’t take your dog with you in the car unless absolutely vital. Make appropriate arrangements like leaving them at home in the air conditioning or a fan, and take extra precautions to help ensure animals have constant access to water and shade, as potentially lethal heat stress can develop extremely quickly in hot weather. Walking your dog during the heat of the day can result in excruciating blistered feet pads – wait until early morning or the evening.

“Cars left stationary in the sun become ovens. Ute trays also become extremely hot, so dogs can suffer a similar fate. If a dog dies from being left in a car, the owner can receive a $22,000 fine and a two-year prison sentence,”comments OShannessy.

“Parked cars aredeath traps. Just don’t do it.”

If animals are left in the backyard, they must have access shelter and water. If a dog is tethered they can become tangled and be unable to reach their water in case one gets knocked over. A dog can survive for a few days without food, but in this weather, if it has no shade or water it will die.

RSPCA NSW have offered the following tips to help keep pets cool this summer:

Heat stress looks like:

excessive panting for dogsany kind of panting or increase in breathing for cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets or Guinea Pigsdark red gums or tongueconfusionvomitingcollapseIf you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, please urgently call anRSPCA veterinary hospitalor your local veterinarian.

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