Hot dogs are not cool in cars
There is nothing quite so enjoyable for dog-owners than driving out into the countryside with their pet for a leisurely walk. But West Midlands' rural watchdog, the CLA, is issuing a reminder that in these warmer months a quick trip out in the car for a dog could be lethal.
The temperature inside a car and outside is staggeringly different; cars can become like ovens with temperatures soaring to 120°F/49°C within six to ten minutes.
When the temperature begins to rise, drivers may often forget how the heat can affect animals and ultimately, if not carefully considered, it can be extremely harmful or even fatal.
To ensure your dog is cool throughout the journey, make sure they have enough air, water and space and do not leave them in the car alone for even a short period of time in hot weather, even with a window open.
CLA West Midlands director Caroline Bedell said: "Many people simply do not link dehydration with their pets, but they need to be fed and watered just as much as we do.
"Rural holidays in Britain are becoming increasingly popular, and we expect to see even more animals being taken on long journeys, so we are urging drivers to consider their pets' needs as well as the rest of the family's when it comes to hydration."
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Caroline Bedell MRICS FAAV
Caroline leads the Midlands team and has overall responsibility for the management of the CLA’s regional business and membership.
A qualified Chartered Surveyor respected throughout the industry, she also represents the CLA on a wide range of regional committees and panels.
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