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Dogs can suffer in heat of car

Thursday June 24th 2010

Temperatures of up to 50C (122F) can be reached in a car even with windows open - so it is unsafe to leave dogs alone in the car, pet owners have been warned.

The only way dogs can cool down is by panting and sweating through their paws, The Kennel Club said. It added that cars can heat up quickly both in the sun and the shade.

Pet insurancemay help owners out with the bills if such an incident occurs, but it won't help alleviate the guilt felt for putting your 'best friend' through unnecassary discomfort.

The scorching temperatures can be reached even when there are clouds around, and leaving the window open and supplying water does not make much difference.

Dogs should be left in a secure, cool place with access to shade and water, rather than left in the car, the Kennel Club said.

They should not be left to stand in the sunshine for long periods of time or take part in unnecessary exertion in hot weather.

And the club urged members of the public to report any dogs they see suffering in a car by letting someone in authority know or by calling the police or the RSPCA.

The Kennel Club communications director, said: "We all know how hot cars can get during the summer. Whether in the sun or the shade, cars heat up quickly and it can often be unbearable for us before the air-conditioning comes into effect, never mind dogs.

"Dogs can only cool down by panting and sweating through their paws, so they will find the heat far worse than humans."

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