With a heat warning in effect until further notice, you’re advised to drink plenty of fluids and keep cool.
And don’t forget about your pets, especially while travelling.
Some tips to keep animals safe in the heat:
-Never leave your pet unattended in the car. The temperature inside a vehicle will quickly become much hotter than the temperature outside
-If you see a pet left unattended in a hot vehicle, call 310-SPCA (7722) in Ontario, your local SPCA or Humane Society, or your local police department
-Ensure your pet is properly secured at all times. Smaller animals are more secure in a crate attached by a seat belt. If your pet is restrained with a leash or harness, make sure there is enough slack for them to move around a bit and adjust their position
-Schedule rest breaks along your entire travel route to allow your pet to get out and exercise
-Always have fresh water available in the car. Bring favourite toys and a pillow to prevent your pet from becoming restless during the ride
-Add a pet emergency kit to your travel checklist that includes medical records, medicines and first aid items such as nail clippers and liquid bandages
Excessive panting, drooling, and listlessness are signs of heatstroke in animals. If your pet exhibits any of these signs, move it to a cool area, offer it water and see a vet immediately.
“Summer is the time for road trips, outdoor fun and enjoying hot summer days, but it’s also a time of potential danger, for both you and your pets. Following these simple steps will help ensure your pets are safe and can enjoy the summer months just as much as you do.” – David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services