May 15, 2014
Cool Tips for Hot Dogs
rescue calls swell in the summer months
Released by Lori Chortyk/SPCA Van/Video
temperatures rising across the province, the BC SPCA is reminding the public
to protect their pets against the dangers of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
"When the days get warmer
we get hundreds of emergency calls to rescue dogs whose lives are
endangered because they are left in hot cars by their guardians,"
says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the
BC SPCA. "Many well-meaning guardians leave their dogs unattended in
parked cars while they run errands. Tragically, this can lead to
serious heatstroke and even death for their pets."
The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with windows
partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or
even kill a pet. In just minutes, the temperature in a parked car
can climb to well over 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).
Dogs have no sweat glands, so they cool themselves by panting and by
releasing heat through their paws. On summer days the hot air and
upholstery in a vehicle can make it impossible for pets to cool
themselves. Dogs can withstand high temperatures for only a very
short time - usually just 10 minutes - before suffering irreparable
brain damage or death.
Pet guardians should be alert to heatstroke symptoms, which 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, convulsions or vomiting,
If your dog shows symptoms of heatstroke, you should do the
• Immediately move the
animal to a cool, shady place
• Wet the dog with cool water
• Fan vigorously to promote evaporation. This will cool the
blood, which reduces the animal's core temperature.
• Do not apply ice. This constricts blood flow, which will
• Allow the dog to drink some cool water (or to lick ice cream
if no water is available)
• Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further
"If you're used to letting
your dog accompany you on errands, you might feel guilty leaving him
behind on hot days. But your dog will be much happier — and safer —
at home, with shade and plenty of fresh cool water," Chortyk says.
Watch a 1 minute video
clip from the BC SPCA
Copyright (c) 2009-2014 The Valley Voice