Were you aware that the temperature in a parked car, even in the shade, can rapidly reach a level which is high enough to seriously harm or even kill your pet?
The outside temperature may register at 26 degree centigrade but after just 20 minutes it rises inside to 43 degree centigrade. The BC SPCA and other organizations concerned with the health and safety of our pets including Nakusp area’s PALS, urges us to familiarize ourselves with the warning signs of heatstroke.
These include the lack of coordination, exaggerated panting, salivation, weakness, muscle tremors and also convulsions or vomiting. In addition, observe the pet’s tongue and normally red lips, which may eventually turn bluish in colour. These are warning signs that your pet may be in trouble.
It is also a good idea to put together an emergency kit for your pet for use during times when the threat of impending forest fires becomes real.
“No one likes to think that an emergency like a wildfire or an earthquake will happen, but in the event that it does, it’s best to be prepared both for yourself and for your beloved family pets,” according to the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and associated animal welfare groups including Nakusp’s PALS.
Contents of an emergency kit for your pet include:
• seven-day supply of food and water
• dentification tag and collar
• sturdy crate and/or carrier
• pet first aid kit
• blanket/plastic bags
• leash, harness
• food and water bowls (collapsible
types are ideal)
• litter box and litter for cats
• manual can opener
• a copy of your pet’s current
• any special medications and
• local veterinarian or clinic contact