Never leave a dog unattended in a vehicle, even on a mildly warm day
The British weather can never be guaranteed, but it is important that dog owners keep their pets safe by being aware of the risks of leaving dogs unattended in a car or other vehicle.
Every year the Kennel Club hears reports of dogs being cooked alive after being left in vehicles in hot weather, a situation which can so easily be avoided. In common with many animals, dogs are extremely sensitive to heat, and even on a mildly warm day they can quickly overheat - even with the windows open and water available - as temperatures can quickly heat up to around 50 degrees Celsius. Meat can be cooked in ovens in only a little over this temperature as the proteins start to break down.
Dogs can die when left unattended in a vehicle, even when it is in the shade, a window is open and there is water available. The British weather can switch very suddenly so even on cloudy days leaving a dog in a car or other vehicle can prove fatal.
For those travelling with their dogs during the summer months, the Kennel Club has issued the following advice during warm weather.