The success of the RSPCA WA relies on the support of Members, FACTS THAT MAY SAVE Friends of the RSPCA and YOUR PET‛S LIFE. Volunteers. FACT – The temperature inside a car can double in a matter of minutes. Please ask if you would like any further information about any of FACT – A dog left in a car can die within these. minutes as they are not able to sweat to cool themselves. Dogs Die in FACT – A dog panting inside a car will raise Hot Cars the temperature even more quickly. FACT – Leaving the window down or parking in the shade does little to stop the RSPCA WA EDUCATION UNIT temperature rising in the car. RSPCA WA Visit us at: 108 Malaga Drive, FACT – All animals are affected by heat Education Malaga, WA 6062 stress. Phone: 9209 9325 inspiring FACT – Short nosed dogs are more at risk. Fax: 9248 3144 responsible Email: email@example.com and caring FACT – Dogs die in hot cars WEB SITE: www.rspcawa.asn.au behaviour towards animals INTRODUCTION WHAT YOU SHOULD DO As heat stroke progresses, the panting becomes Are you guilty of leaving your dog in the car for 'just excessive and laboured with the dog showing an As a responsible pet owner you should always ensure a few minutes' while you dash into the shops? inability to breathe properly. your pet has access to clean, cool water and shade How often do we see a dog waiting patiently on the from the sun. It is particularly important not to leave back of a ute, in scorching heat, for its owner to The dog usually drools excessively and may vomit. If your pet in a car, even on a moderately warm day its return? the suffering continues, the dog will suffer just not safe. If do you need to leave you dog circulatory collapse, its gums will appear blue and it unattended on the back of a ute, ensure that it is An animal left inside a car can be dead in as little as only for a short time, that your dog is correctly will convulse or become unconscious. six minutes. Leaving a window down and providing tethered, and that it has adequate shelter from the water is little help - heat stress kills, it's as simple as sun or from rain Temperature that. Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a car can reach the extreme temperatures The temperature in a parked car can quickly rise to Make sure you keep the number of your nearest On a hot day, you can fry an egg on the metal tray of over 60 degrees Celsius. RSPCA with you at all times - make a note and put it a ute - imagine what that does to an animals paws. in the glove box of your car. If you do see a pet left Under these conditions a dog can quickly suffer from unattended in a car and it appears to be suffering, do heat stress resulting in an agonising death in as little Heat stress not interfere yourself, but call the local Police or the as 6 minutes RSPCA straight away. Don't hesitate to act Heat stress or heat stroke occurs when animals are confined in hot environments. Motor vehicles prove a As a matter of urgency call your veterinarian. Should your pet suffer from heat stress it is vital real danger for animals locked in the sun where the Transport your pet to the nearest veterinarian that you take appropriate action immediately. It is temperature can rise to lethal levels very quickly. wrapped in soaking towels and keep ice packs on its essential that your pet's body is cooled down as head. The veterinarian may put your pet on a drip, quickly as possible, especially the head. Place your pet All animals are affected by heat stress, however perform other emergency procedures and administer in a tap water bath or hose your pet down. Make sure dogs with short noses such as the Bull Dog, Pekinese, medications to counteract shock and other disorders its head and airways are not blocked. If available, Pug, and Boxer are particularly at risk. that occur in heat stroke. apply ice to your pet's head. When suffering from heat stroke, a dog will initially show an increase in activity associated with panting and vocalisation - usually barking or whining. The dog will become agitated, often with a worried or furrowed expression.