Category: Pet Care
I have already written about the dangers to dogs in cars in Summer. Here is a bullet-point checklist from the Dogs Trust:
1. Never leave your dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes- even if it seems cool outside , the inside of a car can become very hot very quickly. Parking in the shade and/or keeping the windows down does not make it safe. You would find it uncomfortable to sit in a parked car yourself with the engine off, and it is the same for your dog! When it’s 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes. Dogs pant to keep cool. In hot stuffy cars dogs can’t cool down – leaving a window open or a sunshield on windscreens will not keep your car cool enough.
2. If you see a dog in distress in a parked car call the Police Service (101) or the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line 0300 1234 999. (SSPCA in Scotland)
3. Make sure you keep your dog as cool as possible when driving: avoid travelling during the heat of the day, use sun blinds on the windows when travelling, and consider opening a window a little to allow a cooling breeze to circulate in the vehicle during the journey.
4. When you drive with your dog, make sure you have a supply of water and know where you can stop off en route for water breaks. Dogs cannot cool down as effectively as humans so they can suffer from heat stroke and dehydration very quickly
5. If you are present at the rescue of a dog from a hot car that is clearly in distress, seek immediate veterinary advice. The very first priority is to prevent the dog from getting any hotter, attempt to provide shade from the sun and move to a cooler area. Offer them a large deep bowl of water to drink. Dampening the dog down with cool (but not freezing) water will help start to bring the body temperature down. Wet towels can be used to cool a dog but these must be changed regularly. You can also spray them down with water and place them in front of the air conditioning vent to enhance evaporation on the way to the emergency appointment.…
I have been shocked this summer to find how many dog owners are unaware of the dangers of leaving a dog in a parked car on a warm day. As the DogsTrust rightly says, You May as Well Leave Your Dog in an Oven. They have found that more than one in 10 people know of a dog that has come to harm left in a parked car in hot weather. What’s even more shocking is that almost half of us (48%) mistakenly believe it is OK to leave a dog in a car if counter-measures are taken (window open or parked in shade). It is NEVER safe to leave a dog in a car on a warm day.
Here are the cold hard facts:
Less than 20 minutes in a hot parked car can prove fatal to a dog if its body temperature goes above 41°C. ( A dog’s normal temperature is between 38°C & 39.2°C As the temperature inside the car rises, in just a matter of minutes, the dog’s suffering will become evident through excessive panting, whimpering or barking. This will develop into a loss of muscle control and ultimately the kidneys will cease to function, the brain will become irreversibly damaged and the heart will stop.
Here are some more shocking facts that show how our dogs are put in danger every day: Britons are far more likely to leave their dog in a car alone for a few minutes (28%) than their phone (10%). More than a quarter of UK dog owners admit to leaving their dog alone in parked cars. AA call outs to rescue dogs locked in parked cars have increased by 50% in past six years. AA Patrol of the Year, Mark Spowage comments:“The dangers are obvious; you just have to touch the dashboard or seats to know how hot the inside of a car can get. But it’s not just on warm days when dogs are at risk – vehicles can be death-traps even in cooler temperatures.
If you leave your dog in a parked car, this is what can happen: the Police or RSPCA will be called. Before they arrive, your car windows may be smashed by a member of the public to ensure your dog’s welfare. When the Police or RSPCA reach the scene you may be fined or summoned to appear in court for cruelty to your dog. The choice is yours – leave your dog at home, or take him with you when you park the car. If you decide to leave a dog in a car, you now know the risks and the consequences.…
Social Media like Twitter and Facebook are great for dog and animal lovers – places where we can look proudly at photos of our pets. And that’s exactly how I want to use them. It was lovely this week to share pix of our lovely Welsh Terrier walk in the the New Forest, for example. By publishing on Twitter I have come into contact with like-minded individuals who also care about animal welfare.
Using the 140 character limit on Twitter, these people, all around the world, publish messages about issues of concern as well. This has been a revelation to me, showing the disgusting and vile practices that torture and kill animals in nearly every country in the world. Realistically, barbaric acts of cruelty take place here in the UK as well, but not usually with government sanction or glorification. The event – if you can call it that – which has upset me recently is the so-called Yulin Dog Meat Festival which happened on midsummer’s day. What should be one of the most wondrous days of the year was turned into a frenzy of wickedness in Yulin. These people do not simply eat meat that has been butchered conventionally. They chase, beat and torture these poor creatures before eating them. Some dogs are also cooked alive. I do not want to tarnish this website with the images, nor do I want to shock any unprepared readers.
If you also care about dogs and want to stop them being ill-treated for amusement in this way, then please sign the Petition to stop the 2015 Yulin Dog Meat Festival
I have also pasted some links to the Tweets that have been published to stop this shocking trade, so you can follow the story there.
#YulinGetDogsOffTheMenu #YulinDogMeatFestival #Yulin #boycottchina#dogmeattrade my beautiful dog out 4 walk with Dad, Dogs R pets not food— Flora Earl (@sussexblogger) June 25, 2014
#BOYCOTTChina #saynotodogmeat #Stop2015YuLinDogMeatFestivalhttp://t.co/RGjW1PkngK Terrible pic but we have to see it to act — Flora Earl (@sussexblogger) June 29, 2014
YULIN https://t.co/UPo7oo6Fj3 This Brutal And Cruel Dogs Treatment Is A Societal Mental Disorder Of The Highest Order pic.twitter.com/9qOW6yFvet — Thenyc Dogwalker (@thenycdogwalker) June 29, 2014
There’s hope read story then sign to stop Yulin in 2015 https://t.co/pAGvs1CIsWpic.twitter.com/UAt0gNiSTx http://t.co/0hOLrraBUP — Zayden The Belgian (@loridowney3) June 30, 2014…