• Aliya Bhatia

BC SPCA warns life-threatening effects of dogs being left in hot cars

The BC SPCA released a statement last week reminding dog owners to not leave their dogs in hot cars in order to avoid heat exhaustion and save lives.

As the weather warms up, the SPCA has released a news article outlining the dangers of leaving your dog in a vehicle, even if only for a few hours.

The article explains how, while humans may believe we are doing our dogs a favour by bringing them on a car ride, life-threatening effects can occur in a very short period of time.

"Dogs can’t release heat by sweating, as humans do, so their internal body temperature rises more quickly." explains the BC SPCA.

The article, released on May 7, ahead of the weekend of high temperatures, also states that the risk for heat exhaustion increases in senior pets and those with flatter faces.

"At the end of the day, it’s best to simply leave your dog at home where there’s more space, water and shade," the animal welfare organization advises.

The article goes on to explain how to recognize signs of heatstroke in your pet, as well as offering tips on what to do if you do find a dog that has been left alone in a car.

As the temperatures rise in Vancouver, they suggest keeping a kit in your car, including bottled water, a small bowl, a small battery-powered fan, and a towel that can be soaked in water, in case you do spot an animal in distress.

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