ŠKODA Ireland have joined forces with Dogs Trust Ireland to highlight the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars during the summer months.
The initiative is part of ongoing work between ŠKODA and Dogs Trust, and reveals that even a few minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog. The inside of a car can reach 47°c in just one hour on a 22°c day, while at 26°c outside it can reach 37°c inside a car in the space of just 10 minutes.
Precautions that can be taken to keep dogs safe and well on a hot day:
Speaking about the issue, Suzie Carley PR and Communications Manager from Dogs Trust Ireland said: “Dogs cool down very differently to us humans. We keep cool in the warm weather with an ice cream or cold drink, by relaxing in the shade and with the clothes we wear. Whereas, dogs sweat through their paws and pant to keep cool and they don’t get a choice of what to wear. When it comes to looking after dogs in warm weather, it’s always cool to be kind and our advice would be to never leave your dog in a parked car. As temperatures rise, even a few minutes can prove fatal for your dog, even if that car has its windows left open or has been left in the shade it is still not safe.”
If a dog displays symptoms including excessive panting; red gums and tongue; heavy salivation; vomiting or diarrhoea; lack of coordination; or loss of consciousness, the following steps should be taken to ensure their safety:
Commenting on the campaign, Cathal Kealey, PR Manager at ŠKODA Ireland, said: “All too often we hear tragic stories of the consequences of dogs being left in cars during the summer months. This year we entered our fifth year of partnership with Dogs Trust and we felt strongly that we wanted to invest in a meaningful campaign to highlight this serious issue and hopefully prevent further tragedy. We hope that this video will go some way towards educating people about the dangers of this practice and stop it going forward.”
Watch the specially commissioned awareness-raising video from ŠKODA and Dogs Trust here.
For further information on the work of Dogs Trust, visit: www.dogstrust.ie .