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As Temperatures Soar, Leave Your Furry Companion at Home

As the temperatures soar, every summer, countless animals suffer and even die in scorching-hot parked vehicles. In just minutes, your car will heat up and can cause severe and irreversible damage – and even death – from heatstroke. 

There is no safe amount of time to leave your pet in the car on a warm day. Animals, especially dogs, are much more susceptible to heatstroke than humans; the temperature inside your car can rise between 8 and 10 degrees in just 10 minutes on a 30-degree day, and your dog could suffer severe and irreversible damage from heatstroke after just 15 minutes. Leaving the windows open or parking in the shade does not reduce this risk, in fact, Animal Protection Officers have measured temps as high as 60 degrees in a parked vehicle.

It can be avoided. Simply leave your companion animal(s) at home or take them with you while you’re away from your vehicle. When it’s warm outside, it’s hot inside. For an animal, even just a few minutes in a hot vehicle with nothing but overheated air to breathe can have a drastic and unfortunate outcome. Leave them at home and save their life.

Please all Kindersley RCMP at 306-463-4642 if you see an animal left in a hot vehicle

If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat exhaustion, you can cool it off by immersing its body in cool water and taking them to a veterinarian immediately.

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