Hot cars a dog deathtrap
With summer just around the corner vets and the SPCA are reminding dog owners not to leave their pets in hot cars.
Greenlane Veterinary Centre senior veterinarian Nicole Robertson says leaving dogs in an enclosed space without ventilation does not have a happy ending for the pet or the owner.
Robertson recently had to euthanise a dog after it had been left in an enclosed area without ventilation.
‘‘This was enormously distressing for the owners and I would like people who own pets to be aware of the dangers for dogs in over-heating when left in cars,’’ Robertson says.
Auckland Council animal management manager Tracey Moore says it takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle or enclosed space on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation.
SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen says dogs only sweat a small amount through their paws and rely on panting to cool down.
‘‘In a hot car, even with the windows slightly open, panting is not enough to keep their body temperature cool,’’ Midgen says.
Ellerslie’s Top Dogs Day Stay trainer Mady Rainbow says thick coated breeds are most susceptible for overheating when left in cars, but all dogs are at risk.
The SPCA advise people to call it on 09 256 7300 or the police if they see a distressed dog in a vehicle.
It takes just minutes for a pet to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation if left in a vehicle or enclosed space on a warm day.