Don't leave your dog in the car, even just to quickly go to the shops.
Don't leave your dog in the car, even just to quickly go to the shops. Brenda Strong GLA311213DOGG

Leaving pets in your car can be deadly

YOU don't need to be in Adelaide to experience searing temperatures. Just sit in your car.

Many motorists forget how quickly the mercury rises in vehicles, which can be deadly for beloved pets.

The RACQ and RSPCA Queensland have seen a surge in callouts to heat-stressed pets in trapped vehicles.

And leaving the window down doesn't help.

"It takes as little as one minute for the car cabin temperature to rise from air-conditioned levels to ambient, and as little as seven minutes to reach 40 degrees," RACQ technical researcher Russell Manning said.

"Even if you're just intending to quickly pop into a shop, do not leave your pets in the car as they can suffer life-threatening heat stress after only a few minutes.

"Leaving windows down won't cool the car or prevent heat stress."

Each month on average, the RACQ rescues 62 animals from locked cars.

If a dog is suffering heat stress, it's best to try and cool the animal before seeking assistance. Hose them down with water or place ice packs on their stomach.

"It's no good rushing them to the vet in a hot car because the chances are their temperature will continue to rise. Try to cool them down first," RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said.

Check out the RACQ video. 



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