Over the weekend, the Halifax Regional Police in Nova Scotia reported 24 calls concerning pets left in hot cars. According the department's Facebook page, officers had to break a vehicle's window in order to rescue a dog at the Mic Mac Mall.
Police are reporting that all of the dogs are doing fine. No charges have been filed.
Both Tweeted and Facebook announcements warned the public:
"Please do not leave pet or kids in unattended vehicles; it could be fatal very quickly. Call 902-490-5020 to report; 911 if in distress."
On Monday morning, at 11:15, a patrol car registered 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit outdoors while the inside temperature of the car had reached 127.58 degrees.
Following are the symptoms of heatstroke. If you think a dog is in distress, please act quickly if you see:
exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting)
rapid or erratic pulse salivation
anxious or staring expression
tongue and lips turn red and then can turn blue
lack of coordination
convulsions or vomiting
Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. In the interim, the following are emergency procedures, however it is always advised to seek the advice and help of a professional.
Immediately move the animal to a cool, shady place, cool the dog with cool water (no ice water), use a fan to help evaporation to cool the blood thus lowering the dog's core temperature, and let the dog slowly drink water.
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