Friday, July 31, 2009

Just a Reminder… It’s HOT outside!

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With the weather looking sunny and hot for the August Civic long weekend, the Ottawa Humane Society would like to remind everyone to leave their dogs at home in a shaded or air-conditioned area, with access to lots of fresh, cool water.

NEVER leave a pet alone in a vehicle, even in the shade. Pets left in cars, or other unventilated areas, or tied in the sun, are susceptible to heat stroke. Since dogs have only a limited ability to sweat, even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. Temperatures inside a parked car can rapidly reach dangerous levels even on relatively mild days, and even if the windows are slightly open. A dog's normal body temperature is 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or death can occur.

If you see a dog left alone in a hot car this weekend, please call the OHS Emergency Services Department at 613-725-1532.  Our operator will ask you for the license plate number, the vehicle description, and other details, to quickly dispatch an OSPCA agent to rescue the dog.

 We wish everyone a happy and safe long weekend!

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