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The RCMP say: Vehicle + sunshine = too hot for your pet

With the hot weather upon us, RCMP is asking motorists to think twice before bringing your pet along to run errands. The interiors of vehicles can quickly heat up, making it intolerable for pets.

In as little as ten minutes, an animal can be overwhelmed by heat. The temperature in a parked vehicle – even in the shade with partially open windows – can reach a level high enough to seriously harm or kill your pet.

“Every year, the RCMP in Nova Scotia responds to complaints of animals being left in unattended vehicles,” says Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, Halifax District RCMP. “Even with reminders, people still make a choice that could result in their pet dying.”

What are the signs of an animal in distress?

  • exaggerated panting
  • rapid or erratic pulse
  • anxiousness or a staring expression
  • weakness and muscle tremors
  • lack of coordination
  • red or blue tongue and lips
  • convulsions or vomiting
  • collapse or coma

Remember: if the animal is alert, standing upright and barking, they are likely not in distress.

What should I do if an animal appears to be in distress?

  • Look for the owner of the vehicle. Have someone go to nearby stores and, using the license plate, have the owner paged.
  • Attempt to provide shade or water for the animal.
  • If you cannot locate the owner, call your local police and stay at the vehicle until police arrive. Do not contact police unless the animal is obviously distressed.
  • File a report with the Nova Scotia SPCA online or by calling 1-888-703-7722. Ensure that you obtain a license plate of the vehicle.

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Source: Media Release

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