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GEM Motoring Assist provides timely guidance for dog owners as the temperatures increase. Neil Worth from GEM warns of the fact that leaving an animal in a locked hot car is both harmful and illegal.

“If the dog becomes ill or dies, the owner is likely to face a charge of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006,” he warns. “This offence can bring a prison sentence of up to six months in custody and/or a fine of up to £20,000.”

Read the checklist below to make sure that your animals travel in the heatwave safely and comfortably.

  • On warm days, leave your dog at home.
  • Bring plenty of fresh drinking water and a bowl if you do need to transport your dog. Make sure your dog is able to stay cool on a journey.
  • Make sure your dog is restrained when you’re travelling. Use a proper travel basket or crate to create a safer environment. Dog harnesses and seat belts are also available.
  • If you think your dog might be too hot, then you will need to stop somewhere safe and give him a good drink of water. Unfortunately, animals aren’t able to sweat in the way that humans can. Dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws, it only takes two minutes for them to succumb to the symptoms of heat stroke so please be vigilant.
  • If your dog has suspected heat stroke on a trip, take it somewhere secure and bring it into the shade or a cool place. However, if your dog is exhibiting the symptoms of heatstroke like excessive thirst, heavy panting, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness then you will need to get them to a vet as soon as possible.
  • If you see a pet in a car on a warm day, act right away. If you’re in a supermarket or any type of car park go into the establishment and ask for an announcement to be made. If nothing changes dial 999 and ask for the police.

We hope these tips and tricks help you and your pet stay cool and healthy during journeys in this warm weather.