KENNEL CLUB WARNS PEOPLE NOT TO COOK THEIR DOGS
With today’s welcome sunshine, and summer fast
approaching, the Kennel Club is warning people
that they risk cooking their dogs alive if they
leave them unattended in a car.
Dogs are extremely sensitive to the heat and
should never be left in a car alone, even on a
fairly warm or cloudy day. Surprisingly, leaving
a car window open or supplying water makes
little difference and the dog will suffer, as a
car can quickly heat up to around 50°C.
Each year the Kennel Club receives reports of
dogs being left in cars, and many incidents
where dogs die from heatstroke as a result. The
Kennel Club is calling for urgent action to
prevent irresponsible dog ownership this
To promote the seriousness of the issue the
Kennel Club has produced a three minute video
called ‘Don’t Cook your Dog’, which is supported
by Dogs Today magazine’s Don’t Cook Your Dog
campaign. The video is available through Youtube
from today (25th June) and
demonstrates how easily dogs can suffer from
brain damage, organ failure and death, if left
in a hot car.
“Dogs can only cool down by panting and sweating
through their paws, so they will find the heat
far worse than humans. Owners must realise that
dogs cannot handle heat like we can and that it
is never safe to leave the dog in the car alone,
whether the windows are open or not.”
The Kennel Club has issued the following advice
regarding travelling with your dog during warm
Consider the weather and your journey in
advance, especially if you don’t have air
conditioning in your car. Think about whether
the journey is absolutely necessary for your
Plan your journey and check out the Kennel
Club’s Open for Dogs site and use the Dog
Friendly app to find places that will allow dogs
in with you
Make sure your dog has plenty of space in the
car and isn’t squashed or forced to sit in
Always make sure there is shade provided: even
in an air conditioned car a dog can become too
hot if in full sun.
Make sure plenty of stops are taken with lots of
water available to drink.
Take cold water in a thermos rather than a
plastic bottle so it stays cold rather than
being lukewarm. Ice cubes are helpful in a
thermos for cooling too.
Leave a dog unattended in a car, even with the
window open and water available. Take them out
of the car and leave them in a secure, cool
place with access to shade and water or take
them with you, there are plenty of places that
are part of the Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs
scheme and will allow dogs in.
Let your dog take part in unnecessary exertion
in hot weather, or stand in exposed sunlight for
extended lengths of time.
Pass by a dog if you see one suffering in a car.
Whether it be in a supermarket car park or at a
show, make sure you let someone in authority
know and if in doubt call the police or the
RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
avoid the need to leave dogs unattended in cars,
the Kennel Club ‘Open for Dogs’ campaign
encourages more businesses and services to
welcome dogs. Thousands of dog-friendly
attractions are listed on the website
making it the ideal way to plan for trips for
the whole family including your dog over the
forthcoming holiday season. To view the Youtube
video ‘Don’t cook your Dog’ visit