Pets and cars a bad mix

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

Over the sum­mer months, On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice of­fi­cers at­tend calls about pets left in unat­tended ve­hi­cles.

Dur­ing warm weather, pet guardians must take pre­cau­tions against the dan­ger of heat ex­haus­tion and heat­stroke for their pets. The tem­per­a­ture in a parked ve­hi­cle, even in the shade with the win­dows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that could se­ri­ously harm or even kill your pet. Leav­ing your pet in a car with the air con­di­tion­ing on is also tak­ing a risk as many pets have died as the re­sult of a faulty air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tem.

Dogs and cats cool them­selves by pant­ing and by re­leas­ing heat through their paws. On sum­mer days the air and up­hol­stery in your ve­hi­cle can heat up to high tem­per­a­tures that make it im­pos­si­ble for pets to cool them­selves. Your dog will be more com­fort­able if left at home.

Symp­toms of heat­stroke in­clude ex­ag­ger­ated pant­ing (or the sud­den stop­ping of pant­ing), rapid or er­ratic pulse, sali­va­tion, anx­ious or star­ing ex­pres­sion, weak­ness and mus­cle tremors, lack of co­or­di­na­tion, red tongue and lips which may even­tu­ally turn bluish, con­vul­sions or vom­it­ing,

Re­mem­ber, if you see young chil­dren or pets left in ve­hi­cles, say some­thing. Write down the de­scrip­tion of the ve­hi­cle, make, model, colour, and li­cence num­ber, and call po­lice im­me­di­ately.

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