“I was only gone a few minutes.” “I just had a couple of stops to make.” Every year, pets suffer and die needlessly when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car - even for “just a minute”- while they run an errand.
It can’t be said often enough……….NEVER leave your pet unattended in a vehicle during the summer. Parked cars are deathtraps for pets. Why? Animals don’t sweat; they must rely on panting to remove heat from the body. High temperatures make it difficult or impossible for pets to cool themselves and heatstroke can be serious or even fatal. Young, elderly and overweight animals are most at risk, as are pets with thick or dark coats.
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At these temperatures, your pet can suffer severe heatstroke, irreversible brain and organ damage or die. Severe discomfort can occur even sooner. If you want to know what it’s like for your pet, put on a coat and sit in an enclosed car on a warm day. You’ll quickly see how distressed pets feel in those conditions.
If these numbers aren’t enough to convince you to leave your pet at home in warm weather, maybe this fact will. Thanks to new regulations in Nova Scotia, people who leave their pet in an unattended vehicle in conditions that cause distress will be fined $697.50.
What should you do if you see a pet unattended in a parked car?
Assess the situation. Signs that a pet may be in distress from overheating include: exaggerated panting, rapid breathing, drooling, weakness/muscle tremors, lack of coordination, inability to get up, vomiting, convulsions or collapse.
Note relevant information: o vehicle’s description - make, model, license plate, color, exact location o pet’s description – species, size, color, breed (if