A "No Hot Pets" poster from www.nohotpets.ca
The SPCA in St.John’s has launched a new safety campaign, “No Hot Pets” to create more awareness about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles during the summer months.
The program was originally created and launched in 2012 by the Ontario SPCA.
SPCAs and humane societies across Canada say they receive hundreds of reports of pets being left in cars every year.
The SPCA warns that parked vehicles can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days, in the shade and with the windows slightly opened.
Through a new online forum at www.nohotpets.ca, people are asked to share posters and leaflets about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles. In addition, pet owners are asked to 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 them at all times,” said Simone Browne, president of the SPCA in St. John’s. “Summer is finally here so, let’s keep everyone safe and cool.”
The SPCA says 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 through symptoms of excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness, prompt veterinary medical attention is vital. In the meantime, the SPCA says pet owers can wet the fur immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water, bring the pet into the shade and offer drinking water.
Anyone observing an animal suffering in the heat can contact the RNC or animal control by phoning these numbers:
St. John's – 311;
Mount Pearl - 748-1058 or 748-1006;
Conception Bay South - 834-6598;
Torbay (inc. Flatrock, Pouch Cove and Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove) - 437-6532;