RCMP say interiors of vehicles can quickly heat up, making it intolerable for pets, so think twice about taking them to run errands.
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.
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.