Keeping Pets Cool during Heat Waves

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Walking your dog outside?
  • Please know that asphalt heats up in the sun.
  • Paved surfaces can become too hot for your dog’s feet.
  • Use robbing alcohol on your dog’s feet to cool them down.
Hydration is important, for yourself, as well as your pet!
  • Ensure that pets have plenty of water and shade available.
  • Consider adding just a few ice cubes in the water bowl.
Out for a drive?
  • According to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw (23M2006), “The Owner of an Animal shall not leave an Animal unattended in a motor vehicle if the weather conditions are not suitable for containment of an Animal.”
  • Don’t leave your dog or cat in your car during heat waves, as temperatures can rise to dangerous levels in as little as ten minutes.
  • Even if you open a window, it does not effectively lower the vehicle’s interior temperature.
  • Temperatures inside a car can rise to levels that can lead to organ failure, shock and death for animals.

To report an animal in distress, call 9-1-1.

Also read Tips on How to Prepare for Heat Wave, for humans.

Word of the Day:

Asphalt: a dark-colored mixture used for pavements.