Dogs die in hot cars

Every year our animal helpline receives hundreds of calls about dogs being left in cars during the summer months.Dogs die in hot cars

Our message is clear: Don’t risk it.

Many people are under the impression that it doesn’t get hot enough in Scotland to cause any real distress to animals. We’re here to tell you that it does.

Dogs are unable to sweat, and can only cool down by panting. Leaving your dog in your car, even with the windows down, can cause your dog to not only overheat, but in some cases, die.

Where possible, we urge you to leave your dog at home. Even on overcast days temperatures within a car can soar.

If you see a dog in distress please call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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Dog rescued by the Scottish SPCA with new family

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