Keep your pets safe this Canada Day weekend with tips from the Ontario SPCA
IMMEDIATE RELEASE – STOUFFVILLE, ON (June 30, 2017) – As Canadians from coast to coast celebrate Canada Day, the Ontario SPCA wants to remind pet owners to remember their furry friends to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday. Frightening fireworks Many pets are frightened by fireworks and need a bit of extra care and consideration over the long weekend. Here are a few ways to help minimize stress for you and your pet:
- Keep pets at home in a safe place indoors. This will help reduce the noise level of the fireworks and reduce the risk of your pet running away if he/she is spooked.
- Provide a safe “escape” place for your animal. Scared animals like to hide.
- Use a leash or carrier if you must be outside with your pet and keep it on your pet at all times.
- Make sure your pet’s ID is current. Should your pet run away, having an updated ID tag or microchip on your pet will help increase your chances of being reunited.
- Take your dog’s collar off before they go swimming to prevent them from getting caught on branches or other hazards.
- Don’t assume your dog will be fine, never push them in and never leave your dog unsupervised by any body of water.
- Outfit your four-legged friend with a dog life-jacket. Any dog, even “water breeds,” can become fatigued and need the safety and support of a dog life jacket. Do not try to modify a human life jacket for this use.
- Watch out for strong currents and rapids, which can be a danger to you both.
- Rinse your pet off after they have been in any type of water. Bacteria, salt, chlorine, algae and pollution can irritate their skin.
- Don’t let your dog drink lake or river/stream water. Bacteria and parasites in this water can make your dog ill. Bring fresh water with you to keep your dog hydrated.
- Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.
- Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.
- Owners who choose to leave pets unattended in vehicles may face charges under the Ontario SPCA Act or the Criminal Code of Canada.
Speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves
Keep up the good work speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves. A society who cares for their animals is a better society. Thanks for your good work!
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