With the impending heatwave, health officials are warning people to stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day, to stay hydrated, and wear sunscreen. Those are great tips for humans, but what about our four legged friends?
We already know that pets in cars are a problem, but is this warm weather enough of warning for people to take extra care?
Earlier today, Simi spoke with Kim Monteith, animal welfare manager with the BCSPCA, about how to take care of your pets as the temperature climbs.
Don’t take your dog out in the heat
Kim Monteith told Simi that people need to remember that animals exercise routines need to change during a heatwave.
Running, biking, or even walking your dog during the heat of the day could lead to health implications such as heat exhaustion or dehydration.
Also, try to stay away from asphalt because it can burn your dog’s foot pads.
” I would walk early morning, or later in the evening when it has cooled down”
Don’t leave your pet inside a parked car
The temperature inside a parked car at this time of year can quickly climb well above 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).
Dogs can withstand high temperatures for only a very short time – usually just 10 minutes – before suffering irreparable brain damage or death.
Unfortunately, Kim told Simi that the BCSPCA still receives calls about dogs in hot cars.
If you see a dog languishing in a hot car, call the BC SPCA in your area or local police. Before the authorities arrive, members of the public can help prevent a tragedy by attempting to find the animal’s guardian.
If the car is in a mall or grocery store parking lot, for example, ask to have the owner paged over the building’s PA system. If a window on the vehicle is cracked open, try to increase the airflow inside by fanning the pet with a portable fan.
Signs of heatstroke in pets:
If your dog shows symptoms of heatstroke, you should: