Don’t cook your dog!

The Dog’s Today campaign ‘Don’t Cook Your Dog’ was launched in 2011 and in an attempt to prevent dog suffering and unnecessary deaths, aims to increase the awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars.

It’s worth taking a look at the campaign website, it includes an experiment in a car (with its windows left open) which managed to get up to 50’C, when it was 29’C outside.

The Dog’s Today website contains downloadable posters and stickers  for anyone wanting to support the campaign and provides further information about the dangers of leaving dogs in, aswell as the sad stories that have led to the campaign creation.

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The campaign website states that:

The RSPCA advise that if you see a dog in a car on a warm day, call the police on 999. If the police are unable to attend, call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999

The website highlights that some of the early warning signs of heat stroke include:

  • Heavy panting;
  • Profuse salivation;
  • A rapid pulse;
  • Very red gums/tongue;
  • Lethargy;
  • Lack of coordination;
  • Reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhoea; and
  • Loss of consciousness.

The advice goes on to state that if a dog shows any signs of heat stroke that it should be treated as an emergency and that veterinary advice should be sought immediately.

Dogs suffering from heat stroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered. The campaign website suggests in these circumstances:

1. Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water if possible;

2. Let the dog drink small amounts of cool water;

3. Never cool the dog so much that he/she begins to shiver; and

4. Then go straight to the veterinary surgery.

For further information about the campaign and how you can help spread the word go to: http://www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/dontcookyourdog/index.html

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