Hello to all! I guess it’s safe to say that Summer has officially arrived!!! We have already hit some all time highs this year! This heat wave and humidity has the team here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital worried for the health and safety of pets that may be travelling, even for short distances.
Did you know that cats and dogs have a limited ability to sweat? Or that even a short time in a hot car can be life-threatening to a pet? In fact, parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on nice mild days when the car is parked in the shade and the windows are slightly open. Did you know that a dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C? If a dog’s temperature reaches 41°C even for a very short time, things can go really wrong – they can get brain damage or even die!
We recommend that if you can’t take your pet with you when you leave your car at your destination, you should leave them at home where they are safe. There are now laws in place to help protect pets. Owners who choose to leave pets alone in vehicles may face charges under the Ontario SPCA Act or the Criminal Code of Canada and those fines can be pretty big!
If a pet gets heat stroke, it can die without quick veterinary medical attention! Pets with heat stroke pant, drool – sometimes a lot! – and can even faint! If you see a pet in trouble, report it! ACT FAST! You may even SAVE A LIFE! Call your local Police at 911 – they want to hear from you right away! Police don’t just help people, they will come and help pets too! While you wait for the cops to show up if you want to help a pet in trouble, you can wet the fur right away with lukewarm to cool water – but not cold because it can really shock a pet! – and try to bring the pet into the shade and offer it a drink.
There is also an awesome website available for you to use – it is called www.nohotpets.ca. It includes a list of local businesses that will allow you to bring your pets into the store with you while you shop — and of course you already know that all Veterinary Clinics are pet friendly =;). This list is growing quickly which is the best news I have heard all day!
Please be very careful with your fur babies and also your human ones in this hot weather and keep everyone safe! We will see all of you soon!
The Blue Cross Animal Hospital Team