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Were you aware that the temperature in a parked car can rapidly reach a level which is high enough to seriously harm or even kill your pet?

Marilyn Boxwell

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

vaccination history

any special medications and

instructions

local veterinarian or clinic contact

information

 

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