I left the window down for him.
I wasn’t going to be gone long.
These are some common excuses pet owners give for leaving their pets unattended in vehicles. Today (June 19), the Peterborough Humane Society launched its 2017 “No Hot Pets” campaign in partnership with the OSPCA, the OPP, and the Peterborough Police.
The purpose of the campaign is to educate the public on the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles during the summer months. This is an ongoing problem across Ontario every summer and puts animals at risk.
The Peterborough Humane Society says there is no excuse for leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle this summer, and is seeking the public’s help to share this important message.
“Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do,” says Susan Dunkley, Manager of Development and Outreach at the Peterborough Humane Society.
“Leave your pet at home or, if you must take your pet, make sure that someone is with it at all times. During the hot summer months, let’s keep everyone safe and cool.”
Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.
Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C, and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.
If a dog is showing signs of heat stroke — excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness — prompt veterinary medical attention is vital. In the meantime, wet the fur immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water. Bring the pet into the shade and offer drinking water.
The Peterborough Humane Society, the OSPCA, the OPP, and the Peterborough Police will be on site at Costco (485 The Parkway, Peterborough) on Wednesday, June 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to educate people about how quickly it can get hot in a car and how important it is to leave your pet at home.
On Friday, July 7th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., they will also be at Lansdowne Place (645 Lansdowne St, Peterborough).