Protect your dog from the summer heat!

PROTECT YOUR DOG FROM THE SUMMER HEAT                                                                                    

If your dog is left outside, make sure it has access to plenty of cool, fresh water and a shady area. Never leave your dog tied up in your yard.

Always take a dog water bottle with you when you are out on a walk. Take walks only in the early mornings or evenings, when heat and humidity are less intense.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion or stroke and can include excessive panting. If you feel your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, act immediately by submerging her in cool water (not ice cold) or by placing ice packs on her neck. Once the dog has been stabilized get her to a vet.

Be aware that asphalt and sand can quickly get hot enough to burn the pads of dogs’ paws. In hot weather, walk your dog on the grass or dirt where it is cooler.

Never leave your dog in a vehicle. In the hot weather leave your dog at home! When it’s only 80 degrees outside, a car can heat up to over 120 degrees in just minutes and leaving a window cracked does little to prevent heat build-up. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.

If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings and call City Bylaw or City Police. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.