With a heat advisory in place right through the Canada Day long weekend, the Ontario SPCA is urging pet owners to plan ahead this long weekend. They’ve launched a program called #NoHotPets to raise awareness. It’s a simple message… If you can’t take your pet with you when you leave your car, leave them at home where they are safe. If you find a pet unattended in a hot vehicle, the Ontario SPCA urge you to call 310-SPCA (7722) in Ontario, or 1-888-668-7722 ext. 327. You can also call your local police department. Owners who choose to leave pets unattended in vehicles, may face charges under the Ontario SPCA Act or the Criminal Code of Canada.
The Ontario SPCA has the following tips for pet owners:
– Keep your dog hydrated. Bring portable, fresh water for your pets while travelling.
– Give your pet access to shade.
– Don’t allow elderly or short-nosed dogs to over-exert themselves on a hot, humid day. This can lead to breathing problems
– When it’s a hot day, make sure to test the pavement so you ensure it doesn’t burn the pads of your dog’s feet.
– If heatstroke is suspected, wet dog fur with lukewarm water, then seek veterinary medical attention immediately.
Image source: Ontario SPCA