PSA: Keep Dogs Out of Hot Vehicles!

Parked cars can reach exponential temperatures quickly, especially in our South African heat; this true even on the more milder days, too. And don’t forget, high crime rates mean we cannot even leave our windows open a crack. We all want to keep our dogs safe this summer, so here are a few things to consider:

  1. A dog’s body temperature averages 38 degrees Celsius, and can only survive being at a heat of 41 degrees Celsius for a short period.
  2. If a dog has a body temperate of 41 degrees Celsius or higher for an extended period, they can suffer heat stroke, brain damage, or death.
  3. A car can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius within an hour of being outside on a hot day, even when in the shade. This creates a deadly situation for any pets left inside the vehicle!
  4. If you are heading somewhere where dogs are not allowed, keep them at home.
  5. Heat and humidity can impact your dog’s breathing, so be vigilant, even when driving with your pet on a hot day, by keeping plenty of cold water for them to drink.
  6. If you find your fog is overheating at home, put them in the shade, give plenty of cold water to drink, and spray them down with cold water or provide a shallow children’s pool for them to splash around in.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find your new pet! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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