NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 20, 2014) - The Ontario SPCA would like to remind animal owners of the dangers of rising water levels and rushing water.

With temperatures beginning to increase and a heavy rainfall warning in effect, there will be a potential danger of high water levels for creeks, rivers and streams. There is a concern for the safety of our pets around these types of dangers. We advise pet owners to take precautions to protect their animals from potential harm. Care and control of our animals at all times and knowing their whereabouts, will help keep them safe.

Increased rainfall and melting ice and snow will result in puddles that can be contaminated from high levels of salt and other de-icing products that can pose a health threat to our pets. Please keep an eye on your pets as you are out walking to ensure they are not drinking from an unknown source.

"Pet owners need to be extremely vigilant with their pets around rising water levels, rushing water and dirty water", says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector. "These pose a significant health and safety danger to our pets."

In the event you suspect that your pet may have ingested harmful chemicals, contact your local veterinarian immediately.

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Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. 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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Contact Information:

Provincial Media Contact
Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office