Friday, January 24, 2014

Don't bake your mate

In a few hours we will be enjoying the Australia Day long weekend - a great opportunity to appreciate our wonderful country and catch up with friends. Many of us will include our dog in our activities; after all, they are part of the family.

Unfortunately a few people will think it is OK to leave their dog in the car, especially if it's in the shade or if they leave the windows down. But it is never safe to leave your dog in the car. Last year alone RSPCA NSW Inspectors had to rescue well over 70 animals, mostly dogs, that were suffering from heat stress in a car.

A recent study found that the temperature inside a car can rise to dangerous levels in a very short period. Temperatures as high as 75 C were recorded inside the vehicle when the air temperature outside was only 34 C. The colour of the car, the tint on the windows, whether or not it had a sunshade and even leaving the windows open did not reduce the cabin temperature by a significant amount, nor did parking it in the shade.

In fact your dog may start to show signs of heat stress after only six minutes after being left in the car. As the minutes tick by, the risk of fatal injury increases. Dogs die in hot cars.

So before you head out to enjoy this long weekend, please take the pledge to never leave your dog unattended in a car. Visit to learn just how fast your dog will start to suffer in a hot car and pledge to protect your pet. Please share the link with your friends.

If you see a dog suffering in a hot car, call the RSPCA on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) immediately. You could save a life of someone's best mate.

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