London, ON (June 9, 2020) – With the heat warning statement by Environment Canada today with temperatures expected to reach high 30s with the humidex until Wednesday, Humane Society London & Middlesex (HSLM) reminds pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles.
“The issue of owners leaving their pets unattended in vehicles during the hot summer months is a serious, ongoing problem and puts animals’ lives at risk,” says Steve Ryall, HSLM Executive Director.
Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Pets have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. Signs of distress can include: vomiting, excessive drooling, convulsions, exaggerated panting (or completely stopped panting).
Pet owners should also ensure that their animals always have access to fresh water and opt to take pets for shorter, more frequent walks while avoiding asphalt due to potential burns to the pads of their paws.
If you see an animal left in a hot vehicle in the City of London or the Counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, call 911.
For more information, visit: www.hslm.ca/keep-it-a-cool-summer-not-a-cruel-summer/