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.

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