Owners reminded to keep dogs cool this summer


May 242024 

Fredericton, N.B. – As temperatures begin to rise, the New Brunswick SPCA (NBSPCA) is raising awareness about the devastating impact of leaving a dog in a parked car on a warm day. 

Dogs can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads. Without access to cool air, they are unable to regulate their body temperature. This means they heat up quickly, which can result in irreparable organ damage and even death. 

Never leave your dog locked in your car on a warm day, as the temperature in the vehicle rises substantially in just a few short minutes,” said Tony Porter, NBSPCA chief animal officer. The safest place for your dog on a hot day is in your home, where they have space, shelter from the heat and access to water.” 

Porter advised that passersby who notice a distressed dog in a parked car should call the NBSPCA hotline to report the incident. If the dog is exhibiting signs of heatstroke, it’s best to call the local police department or the RCMP so they can respond immediately. Possible symptoms of heatstroke include excessive panting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dry mouth, abnormal gum colour, lethargy and seizures. 

We want owners to understand that simply cracking the window or parking in the shade is not sufficient to protect your dog,” Porter said. NBSPCA animal protection officers will be monitoring parking lots across New Brunswick this summer. It’s an offence under the SPCA Act of New Brunswick to leave your dog in a car, and owners who do so may be subject to charges.”

If your dog is overheated, move the animal to a shaded area, put them on top of a cool, wet towel, and pour cool water over their feet, ears and head. Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water. If they are still showing signs of distress, the dog should be taken to a veterinarian immediately for treatment. 

If you suspect or witness animal cruelty or neglect, please call the NBSPCA 247 hotline at 18777221522.

About New Brunswick SPCA 

Founded in 1881, New Brunswick SPCA (NBSCPA) is the only provincewide 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 provincewide 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. 

Media Contact: Alex Davis, alex@​ccgoodwin.​ca, 5062594081

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