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Hot Cars = Hot Dogs

Pet Care Queensland Law Pet Health RSPCA Inspectors Posted Nov 9, 2022
Never leave your pets unattended in a car or on the back of a ute! Learn the dangers…

Six minutes is all it takes for a dog to overheat in a hot car and you could lose your best friend forever.

Summer is here and we all know just how hot and stifling it is to sit in a car that’s been left in the heat all day. Belt buckles burning your skin, hot leather seats, or steering wheel handle, you know the feeling… ouch!

Imagine how your dog might feel being left inside your car while you quickly pop into the air-conditioned shops? Dogs Die in Hot Cars Fact Sheet

What do you do if you find an animal in a hot car? There are steps you can take that could potentially save a life here

The Facts
  • In November our Inspectors have received 116 calls reporting heat stress and this year we've had 105 calls about animals being left in hot cars
  • Cars can reach up to 73 degrees Celsius on a hot summer’s day
  • Pets can still overheat even when the windows are down or the car is parked in a shaded area
  • Ute trays can burn your pet’s footpads or bodies (NOTE: Unlike humans, your pets can’t escape from the heat when they get too hot, especially when they are tied to the back of a ute)
Dogs Die in Hot Cars!

Dogs don’t sweat. Instead, they cool themselves down through panting (evaporative cooling from the lungs and mouth), lying on cool surfaces and drinking cool water. With the combination of the extremely hot and humid weather in Queensland at the moment and cars that are made from metal and glass (both are extremely good at retaining heat), dogs that are left in hot cars are put in a life threatening situation. Panting is not a sufficient cooling method in these extreme weather conditions and there are no cool surfaces for them to cool off on. 


Travelling Safe, Secure Your Mate

Keep your pet safe when travelling this festive season, learn about appropriate ways to keep your best mate safe and secure this year here.

Never leave your pet tied up

Dogs don’t need to be locked in cages to die from heat stress. 20 minutes on a tether in the sun means pets work themselves into a panicked frenzy and very quickly overheat beyond return. Read more about tethering cases we’ve seen here

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Cool
  • Do they have access to ample shade and multiple water sources all day? 
  • Put some ice cubes into their water to keep it nice and cool
  • Make some cool DIY doggy treats for them to enjoy 
  • Set up a doggy paddle pool at home for your pet to splash around in
  • Keep small pet enclosures and fish tanks out of the direct sun
  • Keep your livestock, horses and hens cool too! More here

Learn more cool tips here

Planning a Festive Break

  • Have you booked a pet sitterVisit PetCloud to find a reputable pet sitter in your area.
  • Have you registered with RSPCA Home Alone? You can provide emergency contact’s details should your pet be found or a welfare concern is reported to us. 

Emma Lagoon
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