Note: If you see an animal left unattended in a vehicle, call 310-SPCA (7722) or police for immediate assistance.
With outdoor temperatures expected to be 34°C today (with the humidex), please do your pet a favour and leave them at home where it’s cool and comfortable. If you have to take your pet with you, never leave them unattended in a vehicle – no matter what! Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot vehicle can be life-threatening. Did you know that a dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C and that a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before brain damage or even death can occur?
“Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do. Leave your pet at home and if you must take your pet, make sure that someone is with it at all times,” says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “During the hot summer months, let’s keep everyone safe and cool.”
Photo Credit: OSPCA