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!