We’ve posted several times about the dangers of leaving your dog in the car on hot days, but don’t forget that when extreme weather hits, even your yard can become dangerous for your dog. The combination of heat and high humidity can be fatal, particularly if your dog has lots of fur.
The Humane Society of Durham Region (near Toronto) responded to a call last week about an elderly Chow Chow who had been tethered in the blazing sun. The dog was unable to stand up and began convulsing once they got him into an air-conditioned van.
Debby Houghton, an investigator with the Humane Society said, “To leave a dog unattended on one of the hottest days this year, and an older dog at that, is totally unacceptable. The veterinarian attending to the dog has commented that if 10 more minutes had elapsed the dog would have probably died.”
The dog is apparently making a nice recovery and animal cruelty charges are pending against his “family.”
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!