Hot and humid weather has been hitting the region, and the local SPCA says having a plan to keep your pets safe is important.
While taking pets for daily walks is usually preferred, the SPCA says to choose the coolest parts of the day for that. They say this is because the pavement can burn paws while the heat is that intense. In addition, they say to never leave pets in a vehicle, and leave them at home.
SPCA staff say that pets can show signs of heat stroke just like people do. Excessive panting and drooling, listlessness, confusion, bright red gums and collapse are all signs of the illness.
They say they do not have the authority to investigate animal welfare concerns. Those can be taken up by provincial animal welfare services or local police.