With the UK experiencing heatwaves and more hot weather, now is the time to consider how to keep your dog cool and comfortable in your car. In warm weather, your vehicle will act like a greenhouse, potentially reaching temperatures of 47ºC in as little as 10 minutes when it’s 23ºC outside. Dogs are at risk of life-threatening heatstroke when their body temperature reaches 40ºC.

With many drivers planning summer road trips with their fury friends, we thought we’d give you a few tips on keeping your dog safe and cool in the car.

  • Make sure your dog is used to travelling before taking any long journeys, otherwise they could become nervous and agitated. Relaxed dogs are able to keep their bodies cooler.
  • Consider making sure your dog is ‘carrier-trained’, and ensure that any carrier you use is spacious and well ventilated.
  • Consider using cooling vests and mats to keep your dog’s underbelly nice and cool. Cooling vests should be soaked in cold water before use.
  • Check that your vehicles air-con reaches the area your dog will be, and consider using small fans to circulate the cool air if needed.
  • Take regular breaks if travelling long distances.
  • If you need to leave the vehicle, make sure the tarmac or ground isn’t too hot for your dog to walk on.
  • During the warmer months, try and avoid travelling in the hottest parts of the day, and consider travelling early in the morning, or later in the evening.
  • Take your dog’s water bowl and some fresh, chilled water for them to drink.
  • Make sure you take your dog’s favourite toys, as this will keep them relaxed and happy.