According to Stephen Smith of the Humane Society, high temperatures can quickly cause brain damage and potentially death to a pet left in a vehicle, even with an open window.
With summer weather expected to continue throughout the weekend, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is warning of the dangers of leaving pets alone in hot vehicles.
According to Stephen Smith of the Humane Society, high temperatures can quickly cause brain damage and potentially death, even if a window is left open.
“Some signs of severe signs of heat exhaustion in a dog or pet might be lethargy or lack of coordination, maybe a little bit of tremor,” Smith said. the sam laprade show with guest host Derick Fage on Thursday, May 12. “Worse, loss of consciousness or glassy eyes could be signs that something really bad is going on.”
He adds that since it can only take a few minutes inside a hot vehicle to seriously injure an animal, the safest place for a pet is in the home, unless absolutely necessary.
Smith also urges anyone who finds an animal inside a parked car to call 9-1-1, as the animal could be in an emergency situation and the police are best suited to respond.
“The next thing you need to do from that is start taking whatever information you have available to you,” he explained. “How long has the car been parked, what’s the license plate on the car, what’s the make and model, where is it, and have that information ready.”
While problems with pets in hot vehicles are relatively uncommon, one animal left in a hot car is one too many.
Listen to the full interview with Stephen Smith below: