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SPCA reminding people not to leave pets in cars during summer

With warmer temperatures coming our way, the Lloydminster and District SPCA is reminding people not to leave their pets in vehicles.

Executive Director Jon Punshon says one of the things they deal with during this time of year is people traveling with their pets.

“Even with air conditioning on or in a shaded spot with windows rolled down temperatures can reach critical for a pet very quickly and that can have impacts on their health.”

Punshon adds that if someone can’t bring their pet inside with them, the pet shouldn’t be travelling in the first place.

It only takes a few moments for a car to reach dangerous temperatures for pets. Punshon says as a rule of thumb, if it is too hot for a person to be outside or in a car, the same applies for a pet. There are things people can do to protect their pet during increased temperatures, including opening windows in their home or turning on a fan.

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“If you are out with you dog for a long period of time consider things like the sidewalks. A sidewalk can get very warm very quickly that can burn their paws. So walking on a grassed area, finding areas that are shaded when you’re taking them for walks as well not leaving them out in the sun.”

Punshon also recommends minimizing the amount of outdoor activities.

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