This summer has been particularly hot, and has seen an unprecedented number of dogs being left in cars by their owners. It takes only minutes for a car interior to reach a deadly temperature, even on a mild summer day, and so while there have been some rescues, there have been many sad outcomes. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is trying to raise awareness of this issue. You can help by spreading the word, and downloading this sticker for your vehicle. The fact that it is not as hot as it was does not mean you can safely leave your pet in your car!
FACTS ON DOGS AND HEAT
- Many pets die each year as a result of being left in parked cars during warm weather.
- Temperatures inside a parked car, even with the windows open and in the shade, can rapidly reach very dangerous levels, even on a relatively mild summer day.
- A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39º C (102º F). Because of a limited ability to sweat, even a short time in a hot environment can be life threatening.
- A dog can withstand a body temperature of 41º C (106º F) for only a short time before suffering irreparable brain damage or even death.
If you find a pet that you think may be suffering from heat exhaustion, and the owner cannot be quickly located, please call your local Ontario SPCA Branch, Humane Society or the Police.
Ontario SPCA – 1-888-ONT-SPCA (668-7722) firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the OSPCA No Hot Pets site for more information.