ARGYLL and Bute Council is backing a new campaign reminding dog owners to protect their pets in warm weather.

The Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign stresses the dangers of leaving dogs alone in vehicles, as a three-degree rise in the animal's body temperature could prove fatal.

Stencilled messages will be sprayed in busy car parks and those used by dog walkers, reminding people not to gamble with their dog’s life.

When it’s 22 Celsius outside, within an hour, the temperature can reach 47 Celsius inside a vehicle, which can result in death for a dog.

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Dogs are covered in fur and do not sweat in the same way humans do. Dogs pant to keep themselves cool, but this is less effective at high temperatures and humidity.

Councillor Roddy McCuish, policy lead for roads and amenity services, said: “Argyll and Bute is a very dog-friendly destination and we welcome residents, visitors and their pets into many of our shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.

“But if you aren’t sure you can take your dog with you when you leave the car, we urge you to leave it safely at home. Please do not take the risk by thinking you won’t be long. Not long is too long.”

Details of the campaign, which is backed by a number of animal charities, can be found on the Dogs Trust website.

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You can download leaflets and posters advising on what to do if you see a dog in distress in a hot car and how to give emergency first aid to dogs with heat stroke.

You can also order free window stickers, which can be displayed in cars or shops, or download an infographic which can be shared online.

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