Keep Your Dog Out of Hot Cars


Fred­er­ic­ton, New Brunswick – Dog own­ers should nev­er leave their ani­mals unat­tend­ed in a parked car on a warm day. As the sum­mer sea­son begins and tem­per­a­tures rise, the New Brunswick SPCA seeks to raise aware­ness about the detri­men­tal effects of heat on dogs. 

Dogs can’t release heat by sweat­ing, as humans do, so their inter­nal body tem­per­a­ture ris­es more quick­ly and can cause irrepara­ble organ dam­age and even death. On a warm day, nev­er leave your dog locked in a car as the tem­per­a­ture inside the car ris­es sub­stan­tial­ly with­in just a few min­utes. On hot days the safest place for your dog is at home, where there is more space, shel­ter, and water,” said Tony Porter, Chief Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Offi­cer at the New Brunswick SPCA

If you see a dis­tressed dog in a parked car, please call the New Brunswick SPCA hot­line at 18777221522. How­ev­er, if the dog is show­ing clear signs of heat­stroke call the Police or RCMP as soon as pos­si­ble” said Tony Porter, Chief Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Offi­cer at New Brunswick SPCA.

Dur­ing hot sum­mer day, dogs can suf­fer heat­stroke. Symp­toms could be exces­sive pant­i­ng, diar­rhea, loss of appetite, dry mouth, abnor­mal gum colour, lethar­gy, and seizures. 

To keep your dog cool, move the ani­mal to a shad­ed area, put them on top of a cool wet tow­el, and pour cool water over the dog’s feet, ears, and head. Also, allow it to drink small amounts of cool water. More impor­tant­ly, if your dog is still show­ing signs of dis­tress take it imme­di­ate­ly to a vet­eri­nar­i­an for treatment. 

If you sus­pect or wit­ness ani­mal cru­el­ty or neglect, please call the New Brunswick SPCA 247 hot­line at 18777221522. Thank you for doing your part to pro­tect and give these defence­less ani­mals a voice.

For more infor­ma­tion on keep­ing your dog safe in the sum­mer months or to learn more about the New Brunswick SPCA and its ini­tia­tives, please vis­it nbsp​ca​.ca.

About New Brunswick SPCA

Found­ed in 1881, New Brunswick SPCA (NBSC­PA) is the only province-wide orga­ni­za­tion man­dat­ed to enforce ani­mal pro­tec­tion laws. A ded­i­cat­ed team of 15 Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Offi­cers is vest­ed with the author­i­ty under the SPCA Act of New Brunswick to inves­ti­gate and, if nec­es­sary, lay charges, seize ani­mals, or rec­om­mend court orders to per­sons sus­pect­ed of abuse and cru­el­ty to animals. 

The NBSP­CA is a reg­is­tered char­i­ty that exists to pro­vide province-wide lead­er­ship in the humane treat­ment of ani­mals. We enforce rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion, ensure shel­ter for neglect­ed or abused domes­ti­cat­ed ani­mals and agri­cul­tur­al ani­mals, and pro­vide pub­lic edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy to empow­er New Brunswick­ers to help ani­mals live long and healthy lives. 

To learn more vis­it nbsp​ca​.ca.

Media Con­tact:

Mir Hyder

Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Manager

New Brunswick SPCA


Avail­able for Interview:

Tony Porter

Chief Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Officer

New Brunswick SPCA

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