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The Dangers of Leaving a Dog in a Car During Hot Weather

(Amesbury, Wiltshire) — Animal Friends Pet Insurance Communications Team Leader Shaun Bartlett has taken part in an experiment to illustrate just how dangerous it is to leave a dog in a hot car.

Dressed in a dog onesie – made with thick fabric and complete with hood – Shaun Bartlett recently sat in a car for half an hour on a hot sunny day to see what would happen. Using a thermometer Shaun demonstrated that during the short amount of time he was sat in the car the temperature rose from 23.2° to a staggering 37.6°, with the evidence of the heat clearly having an effect on Shaun.

Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat, meaning that they find it hard to regulate their core body temperature. The only way they can cool down is by panting or allowing heat out through their paws; so when a dog begins to overheat it cannot cool itself down quick enough. This can lead to heatstroke which in turn can lead to kidney failure, severe brain damage and death via the heart stopping.

Despite yearly campaigns alerting dog owners to these dangers, a recent Dogs Trust survey found that more than one in four UK dog owners admitted to leaving their dog unattended in cars, with nearly half (48%) believing that it is okay to leave a dog in a car if counter-measures are taken, such as leaving a window open or parking under a tree, which is just not true at all.

Commenting on the issue, Shaun said: “Here at Animal Friends Pet Insurance we try to understand, promote and provide education on the issues that are most hazardous to pets. During the summer people leaving dogs unattended in cars is most certainly top of our list; it is such a dangerous situation that can so easily be avoided with just a little awareness and this is why we wanted to shoot the video. By placing ourselves in the role of the poor dogs, we hope to bring a more empathic element to really hit home just how dangerous it is to leave your dog in a car.”

For media inquiries regarding the Animal Friends Pet Insurance ‘Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car’ video, individuals are encouraged to contact Communications Team Leader, Shaun Bartlett, directly at: press@animalfriends.co.uk.

Established in 1998, Animal Friends Pet Insurance is one of the top 5 pet insurance providers in the UK (Datamonitor 2013). Committed to helping animal welfare charities worldwide, Animal Friends Pet Insurance donates large amounts of its profits to animal welfare charities, to date donating over £2 million. To learn more about the charitable donations Animal Friends Pet Insurance make, as well as their wide range of policies, please visit charity support.

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Hello, fellow animal lovers! I’m Elena, and I take care of social media for Animal Friends Insurance. I’m here to share the latest on animal welfare, our charity work and pet care. I foster and adopt rabbits and have a rescue dog called Luna.