Warning to dog owners about heatwave

The Scottish SPCA is urging pet owners not to leave their dogs in cars as the temperatures rise this summer.

Concerned members of the public have already been contacting the charity’s animal helpline after seeing distressed animals left inside warm vehicles.

The Scottish SPCA is keen to remind the public that they may be risking their dog’s life by leaving it in a hot car for even a short period of time.

Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Most people know what it’s like to get into a car after it’s been sitting in the sun.

“It’s unbearable and we immediately roll down the windows or turn on the air conditioning.

“Imagine being trapped inside a hot vehicle wearing a fur coat for minutes, possibly hours, and you are some way to understanding how a dog left inside a hot vehicle feels.

“Many people might not realise that even on warm, cloudy days, cars can effectively turn into ovens and dogs can overheat in minutes.

“Leaving a window open or providing water is simply not good enough. Dogs can’t sweat the way humans do and need to pant to cool down which can lead to severe dehydration and hyperventilation.”