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Episode 220 - Keeping dogs safe from theft, loss and heat stroke

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Released Sat June 27, 2020
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We all want to keep our dogs as safe, happy and healthy as possible - but there are so many dangers out there. Debbie Matthews founded Vets Get Scanning after her dogs were stolen, and has spent the last 14 years campaigning to increase the chance of missing and lost dogs of being reunited with their owners. You can help make our dogs safer. Dr Michael Becker is a critical care veterinarian who has everything you need to know about heatstroke in dogs. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

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Dogs die in hot cars - not long is too long

RSPCA experiment shows just how deadly hot cars can be - in just 10 minutes

Tuesday (19 July) was the hottest day of the year so far.

As the RSPCA ramped up its Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign, Essex inspector Marie Hammerton decided to run a little experiment in her van.

“I sat in my van with all the windows open, parked in the shade,” she said. “After 10 minutes, this is the temperature - 38.5C (pictured left).

“I was literally dripping in sweat.

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They died a long, slow, agonising death

RSPCA inspectors have urged owners not to leave their pets in hot cars and share harrowing stories of dogs dying.

The RSPCA is issuing a fresh appeal to pet owners not to leave their dogs in cars or caravans as temperatures are set to soar to 31C this week.

The animal welfare charity had more than 100 calls over the weekend from members of the public concerned about dogs in hot environments - including cars, caravans, conservatories and sheds - as temperatures climbed.

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Hot weather advice for pet owners as temperatures forecast to soar

With temperatures set to soar to 20C this week, the RSPCA is issuing advice to pet owners to ensure their animals are comfortable and happy in the heat.

The Met Office has predicted highs of 20C on Saturday and Sunday, prompting the RSPCA to remind pet owners to consider their animals over the summer weather.

Just as cold, wintry weather can pose a risk to animals, hot temperatures in the summer months can also be hazardous to our furry friends.

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Hot dogs: RSPCA warns pet owners to take care of pets as temperatures soar

Dog owners have been urged to keep their pets cool this weekend to avoid the heartbreak of losing a much-loved companion.

With weather forecasts predicting that temperatures could hit highs of 20c over the next few days, the RSPCA has issued its regular appeal to owners to keep their dogs safe in the sun.

RSPCA chief vet James Yeates said: “A hot car can be a death trap for dogs, it is as simple as that. Leaving your dog in a car, even on an average warm, even cloudy day, can put your pet at huge risk of suffering and even death.

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220 - Keeping dogs safe from theft, loss and heat stroke

We all want to keep our dogs as safe, happy and healthy as possible - but there are so many dangers out there. Debbie Matthews founded Vets Get Scanning after her dogs were stolen, and has spent the last 14 years campaigning to increase the chance of missing and lost dogs of being reunited with their owners. You can help make our dogs safer. Dr Michael Becker is a critical care veterinarian who has everything you need to know about heatstroke in dogs. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

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