No Hot Pets This Summer!
No Hot Pets this summer! The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in a vehicle
NEWMARKET, ON (June 1, 2014) – The Ontario SPCA is currently running the award-winning “No Hot Pets” (www.nohotpets.ca) campaign for the third year in a row in an effort to remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in a vehicle during the hot summer months.
The Ontario SPCA receives hundreds of reports of pets being left in cars every year.
Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.
Through this online forum, citizens are asked to share the posters and leaflets about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles. In addition, pet owners are asked to go online to www.facebook.com/ontariospca and pledge to not leave their pets in their vehicles. Those who pledge will receive a free No Hot Pets window decal for their vehicles (while supplies last).
“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. “During the hot summer months, let’s keep everyone safe and cool.”
Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog's normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.
If heat stroke is suspected (excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness) prompt veterinary medical attention is vital. In the meantime, wet the fur immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water. Bring the pet into the shade and offer drinking water.
If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, contact the Ontario SPCA or your local Humane Society at 310-SPCA, or the police.