The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society reminds pet owners to protect their furry friends on long weekend adventures

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Stouffville, ON (August 2, 2019) – If you’ve got an adventure planned this long weekend that includes Fido, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has some tips to keep your pet safe and happy – and make your weekend more enjoyable because you’re not stressing about your furry friend.

Road trips

For your pet’s safety and your own, confine them to the back seat, either in a carrier or pet seatbelt. Pets should never be transported in the box of a pickup truck!

To help keep your pet comfortable throughout the trip, keep the car at a comfortable temperature; feed your pet a light meal at least four hours before the trip to help prevent car sickness; and schedule rest stops every two to four hours. Always attach your pet’s leash before opening the car door to reduce the chance of them escaping.

Plan your trip in advance to ensure your dog is never left unattended in a hot vehicle. Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Visit for more on car safety.

Water safety

If your long weekend plans include boating with your furry friend, suit up with a pet life jacket. Even good swimmers can tire easily in rough water. Life jackets not only keep your pet afloat if they decide to “jump ship,” they can also make it easier to pull them back on board.

Remember, it can get very hot on a boat, so be sure to provide a shaded area for your pet to rest and bring plenty of fresh water to prevent dehydration and/or heat stroke.

Preventing lost dogs

When camping or cottaging, don’t let your dog wander. They can get lost, hit by a car or get into altercations with wildlife.  Pets need to be leashed or safely confined to the area where you’re staying.

Pets should be equipped with identification that carries the address and phone number of your cottage. If your pet is microchipped, contact the microchip company and inform them of your weekend address and phone number.

Follow these simple suggestions to help ensure that you and your pets, enjoy a relaxing – and safe – long weekend.

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Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
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The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of animal welfare communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs, including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity.