Perrys is encouraging pet owners to make sure their animals are comfortable and safe on car trips this summer.
Perrys’ motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, cautions that it’s both illegal and hazardous to leave a pet in a sweltering vehicle. “For example, if a dog becomes poorly or dies, the owner is accountable, and is therefore likely to expect a charge of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. “This transgression can bring a jail sentence of up to six months in custody and a maximum fine of £20,000.”
We have put together a quick checklist designed to ensure pets, but especially dogs, stay comfortable and out of harm’s way on car journeys this summer.
- Leave your pet at home on hot days.
- On car journeys with your dog, bring a bowl and lots of fresh water. Make sure your pet can keep cool on a road trip.
- Don’t let your pet travel unrestrained. As an alternative, use a suitable dog cage or travel basket to make a safer space. Dog travel harnesses and seatbelts are also obtainable.
- If you think your dog might be too warm, then you will need to stop your vehicle someplace safe and give the animal a decent drink of water.
- Dogs can’t sweat in the way we do. Dogs and cats cool themselves by sweating through their paws and panting, so if you have left your pet in the car on a sweltering day, it only takes moments for him or her to succumb to heatstroke symptoms.
- If you think your pet is getting heatstroke on a car journey, stop someplace safe and take him or her somewhere cool or into the shade. Yet, if signs of heat exhaustion become clear (for example raging thirst, heavy panting, quick pulse, vomiting, fever or glazed eyes), you should head directly to a veterinary practice.
- If you see an animal in a vehicle on a sizzling day, take direct action. For instance, if you’re in a roadside service area, garden centre car park or supermarket, note down the make, model, colour and registration number of the vehicle, then walk inside and request for an announcement to be made. If this doesn’t bring the pet’s owner out, or you’re in a place where finding the animal’s owner is difficult, then dial 999 and ask for the police to show up.