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Dogs die in hot cars

At present dogs are not allowed (except assistance dogs) in the main area of the Gardens.  There is an outside café area and our Laburnum arch area, both of which provide welcoming outside space for our four legged friends. We are happy to provide fresh water for dogs upon request. 

If bringing your dog to Ness, please bear the following in mind at all times:

  • Never leave your dog unattended in a car.
  • Please keep your dog on a short lead and under close control at all times
  • Pick up after your dog and dispose of poo responsibly
  • Respect others, especially those with children - do not allow your dog to jump up at or become entangled with other visitors.
  • Please respect signs and requests from the Ness team

The Ness team are monitoring dog walking activity, which is kept under review and have the right to request that a dog is brought under close control, kept on a lead or removed from the site.

Car parking with dogs

Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day even if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade. When it's 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

Please see RSPCA advice regarding leaving dogs in vehicles - Not long is too long (opens external link)

Please note this information when planning your visit.

Helping a dog in a hot car

Establish the animal's health/condition. If they're displaying any signs of heatstroke dial 999 immediately as the dog could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure.

Warning signs of heatstroke:

  • Is the dog panting heavily?
  • Is the dog drooling excessively?
  • Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated?
  • Is the dog collapsed or vomiting?

If they're displaying any signs of heatstroke dial 999 immediately

If the dog is not displaying symptoms of heatstroke:

  • If possible, get someone to stay with the dog to monitor their condition. If they begin to display signs of distress/heatstroke, be prepared to dial 999.
  • If you're at a superstore/venue/event inform a member of staff to make an announcement to alert the owner of the situation.
  • At Ness Botanic Gardens inform the Admissons Desk. 

Information courtesy of the RSPCA - Not long is too long (opens external link)

30 June 2015