NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 16, 2013) - The Ontario SPCA would like to remind pet owners that high temperatures can be a serious danger to pets, and that it is an owner's responsibility to ensure that their pet is not left in situations that can easily cause severe distress or even death.

Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.

"Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do, leave your pet at home and if you must take your pet make sure that someone is with it at all times," said Ontario SPCA Chief Inspector, Connie Mallory. "During this heat-wave, let's keep everyone safe and cool."

Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; 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.

If heat stroke is suspected (excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness) prompt veterinary medical attention is vital. In the meantime, wet the fur immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water. Bring the pet into the shade and offer drinking water.

For the second year the Ontario SPCA launched their award winning No Hot Pets ( campaign. Through this online forum citizens are asked to share the posters and leaflets about the dangers of leaving pets in hot vehicles. In addition, pet owners are asked to go online to and pledge to not leave their pets in their vehicles. Those who pledge will receive a free No Hot Pets window decal for their vehicles (while supplies last).

If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, contact the Ontario SPCA 1-888-668-7722, or the police.

Additional Information:

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Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities, Ontario SPCA relies on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; veterinary services; community outreach; advocacy; and humane education.

Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.

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