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(ONTARIO) – As temperatures soar, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is urging pet owners to take extra precautions to keep their furry friends cool and safe.

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Don’t – Leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even in the shade with the windows slightly down. 

The issue of owners leaving their pets in their vehicles during the hot summer months, putting animals’ safety at risk, is an ongoing problem across Ontario. Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.

“If you can’t take your pet with you when you leave your car, leave them at home where they are safe,” says Jennifer Bluhm, Acting Chief of Animal Protection, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.

Do – Make sure your pet always has access to fresh water and a cool, sheltered place out of direct sunlight to avoid heat stroke.

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Pets should only be left outdoors for short periods, should have sufficient water and a cool, sheltered place out of direct sun.

Don’t – Leave pets outside for too long. If possible, avoid going outside when temperatures are at their highest.

“Use caution when exercising or playing with your pet during heat waves to prevent heat exhaustion,” says Bluhm. “We recommend going for walks in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.”

Do – Know whether your pet is more susceptible to heat exposure.

Certain types of dogs, such as Northern breeds or short-muzzled dogs, can have a more difficult time in the heat. Pets that are older, overweight, taking certain medications or with certain medical conditions, are also more susceptible to heat exposure.

🚨 Think it’s ok to leave an animal in a car with the windows open a bit? Watch this video.

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Posted by Trcctb.com on Thursday, June 7, 2018

Take Action – Spread the word on social media about hot weather pet safety using the #NoHotPets

If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, call 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625).

For more tips to keep pets cool, visit Nohotpets.ca

Source: OSPCA

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2 Replies to “#NoHotPets Campaign Continues”

  1. Wowzers!!! I cannot believe how many people still leave their pets in the car thinking they will be okay. It truly boggles my mind what they are thinking. Having said that I really hope anyone who sees a situation like this will call the number you posted above Pino, even though I for one would never call them again because the one and only time in my life that I have had to call them it was a very very disappointing response. I even wrote an indepth story on my facebook about it that is how disgusted I was with their actions. I won’t get into the details here and now but to sum it up our neighbours went away for a four day weekend leaving their two large dogs inside the house and locked in their cages with no food or water or anyone to let them out to do their business. I not only called the OSPCA but I also called the OPP who did show up although only to inform us there was nothing they could do, that it had to be the OSPCA that could actually do something. Well after many calls to the OSPCA with the calltaker only promising to pass the message on to our local OSPCA officer, they never did show up at all and the fact that the policer could not or would not enter to rescue the dogs and nor could we enter the home, we had to listen to these poor hounds crying day and night until the neighbors returned home. The situation made me physically sick and I cried tears for these dogs numerous times that long weekend. So at this moment my respect level for the OSPCA is zero, but maybe one day that will change.

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