warning to Burnham-On-Sea dog owners as temperatures rise
summer temperatures soaring this week, the RSPCA and several other
animal welfare organisations have issued advice to pet owners
in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure their animals are comfortable
and happy in the heat.
organisations have teamed up to spread an important message among
dog owners this summer.
and rehoming charities, veterinary associations, police, and welfare
organisations are all working together to ensure owners know the
dangers the warm weather can pose to dogs over the summer months.
RSPCA receives thousands of reports of dogs suffering from heat
exposure every year - that equates to one call every hour.
this summer the RSPCA have been called to three dogs which tragically
died in a hot car.
the animal welfare charity records these calls as heat exposure
in dogs - which can include dogs outside who are suffering from
the heat, or dogs in conservatories or caravans - the majority
of these incidents are dogs in hot cars.
2015, the RSPCA received 8,779 calls to report incidents of dogs
suffering from heat exposure - more than 3,000 more than in 2010.
But the number of calls did drop compared to 2014, when the charity
saw a high of 10,229 incidents.
RSPCA and other organisations in the UK have teamed up to launch
this years Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign to
try to bring down this number of calls and raise awareness of
the dangers of leaving dogs - and other pets - in hot environments.
Trust, The Kennel Club and #TeamOtisUK are the latest groups to
join the campaign, which is in its second year, with the support
of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Blue Cross, British Veterinary
Association (BVA), The Mayhew Animal Home, National Animal Welfare
Trust, The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), PDSA and Wood
Green The Animals Charity.
important to remember not to leave any animal in a car or caravan,
or in a conservatory or outbuilding, where temperatures can quickly
rise, even when it doesnt feel that warm outside. For example,
when its 22C outside, within an hour the temperature can
reach 47C inside a vehicle, which can result in death.
an emergency, it is best to dial 999 and report a dog in a hot
car to police. The RSPCA may not be able to attend quickly enough
and, with no powers of entry, wed need police assistance
at such an incident.
the animal is displaying any sign of heatstroke - such as panting
heavily, drooling excessively, is lethargic or uncoordinated,
or collapsed and vomiting - call 999 immediately.
can call the RSPCAs 24-hour emergency cruelty line on 0300
1234 999 for advice but, if a dog is in danger, dialling 999 should
always be the first step.