Driving with your dog to the beach or park on a hot summer’s day can be a joyful outing. However, there are some safety precautions that should be taken.
Why Hot Vehicles Are a No-Go for Your Canine Friend
With an external temperature of 22 degrees outside, a vehicle’s internal temperature can reach 47.2 degrees within 60 minutes. If you have to leave your vehicle for even 30 seconds, always take your dog with you. Never leave your dog in a warm vehicle for any period of time. Particularly in summer, as a vehicle’s internal temperature can reach a life-threatening level in a matter of minutes. Dogs die quickly in hot cars.
How Scheduled Breaks Can Make Your Long Journey Safer
If you need to drive a long distance with your dog, take regular breaks. It is recommended to have a 15-minute break every two hours. This will give you and your dog the opportunity to stretch your legs and go to the bathroom. At each break, provide your dog with fresh drinking water. Keeping hydrated during a hot summer’s day is important for both you and your dog.
What You Should Do if You Spot a Dog in a Heat-Stricken Vehicle
If you are out and about and come across a dog that has been left in a warm or hot vehicle on a summer’s day act quickly. A dog that is left in a hot vehicle can go into organ failure within a matter of minutes. Should you come across this, you can call NRMA on 131 111 and select the option for a baby or animal locked in a vehicle. They will come out immediately and assist in getting the dog out of the vehicle and provide it with any medical assistance it may need. This service is free to all members and non-members of NRMA.
Consequences for Leaving Your Dog in a Heated Vehicle
If your actions cause your dog to suffer in any way, you could be charged with a criminal offence. Leaving your dog in a vehicle that results in your dog suffering can leave you with a fine of $5,500 and up to six months in jail. Should your dog die as a result of your actions of leaving them in a hot vehicle, you could be fined $22,500 and jailed for up to two years.
During this summer, look out for men’s best friend.