The popular website, montrealdogblog.com (MDB), brings back this summer the popular car clings that could save the life of a dog. The car cling promotes common sense. The message it displays is not to leave a dog inside a hot car. These handy (no residue) clings stick to the car's window to show that the person cares for all companion animals. It is a reminder to others that it is not acceptable to leave an innocent dog unsupervised in a hot car.
The clings are being given away for FREE (while supplies last) at the sponsors of the blog: Bailey Blu Pet Boutique, Animalerie Little Bear and Doghaus Montreal. The clings are in both languages (English and French).
What to do if you see a dog in a hot car
The following information has been obtained from My Dog Is Cool and Dogs in Hot Cars
- If you see a dog inside of a car, write the description of the car: color, model, make, and license plate number.
- Have a friend or another person keep an eye on the dog. Don’t leave the pup alone until situation is resolved!
- Go to the stores around the parking lot and have the owner paged in the store.
- If no one responds call local humane authorities or police.
- If police does not respond or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will testify your argument
- Take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for authorities to arrive.
Look for heatstroke symptoms
- excessive thirst
- heavy panting, lethargy
- lack of appetite
- dark tongue
- rapid heartbeat
- lack of coordination.
If you see the dog to show any of these conditions, please take him or her to an emergency vet!
Please move the pup to shade and give him or her water. Ask around in the stores if they can provide you with room temperature water and slowly immerse and sponge-bathe the limbs and body until veterinary care can be obtained. Never use ICE or COLD WATER on a dog when his temperature is high and he shows the signs of heat stroke. Ice water or ice can constricts the blood vessels and traps heat inside the dog where you don’t want it.