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  Summer Safety for Our Furry Friends

Jul 25, 2014 08:34 ET

If you’re feeling hot, your pet probably is too. Durham Regional Police would like to remind the public that it is important to take precautions against the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke for our beloved pets during the warm months of summer.

Every year, dog owners make the mistake of leaving their companions in a parked car while they run an errand. On a normal summer day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can soar to between 37 to 48 degrees Celsius. On a very hot, humid day, temperatures can climb to around 71 degrees Celsius after just 10 minutes. Parked cars are death traps for dogs. Even if you leave the windows open, it can become extremely hot in short amount of time. This in turn will cause overheating, which can be deadly or result in permanent, irreversible internal injury, to your pet.

Heat stroke can occur when heat gain exceeds the body’s ability to dissipate heat. Temperatures can become very high and can cause extreme strain on the heart, as well as cause blood clotting and death to the tissue. The liver, brain and intestinal cells are usually the first areas to be affected.

Here are some warning signs of overheating:

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
Increased heart and respiratory rate
Drooling
Restlessness
Weakness
Stupor
Collapse
Seizures
Bloody diarrhea and vomit
Elevated temperature of over 40 degrees Celsius

Dog breeds with flat faces, like pugs and bulldogs, are more susceptible to heat stroke. Why? They cannot pant as effectively. These breeds should be kept in cool, air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

What do I do if I see a pet in a parked vehicle?

Take down the vehicles colour, make, and licence plate number.
Get the nearest buildings to page the owner.
Call police and/or local animal services authorities.

Durham Regional Police

Local: (905) 579-1520 or Toll Free: 1-888-579-1520

Local Animal Services

Ajax (905) 683-8275
Clarington (905) 623-7651
Pickering (905) 683-7575
Oshawa (905) 436-3311
Scugog (905)985 9547
Whitby (905) 655-0283

Keep your pets safe and cool!

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