Pets and cars a bad mix
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.