So how can you help the dogs in Revelstoke???
1. Download and print the 'Its too warm!' poster to display on your car as well as the
'Dog in a Hot Car Responder Checklist'.
2. Visit the DOGSAFE website to find out more about the Dogsafe's Heatstroke Awareness & Responder Network
3. What should you do if you see a dog in a hot car in Revelstoke? Asses the heat stroke risk, do not force open the car window, attempt to locate the owner by door knocking or asking in near by stores, alert animal control on (250) 837 4747 and if the dog appears to be in need of emergency treatment and showing signs of heat stroke call the local non emergency police on :(250) 837-5255
For more detailed information click here: http://www.dogsafe.ca/f/Heatstroke_Responder_checklist_v.3.pdf
and watch a you tube video here:
4. Keep your dog safe by preventing heat stroke:
- never leave your dog in a car above 20 degrees even with the windows down a little it can get too hot, anything above 15 is reason to be cautious
- don't leave your dog in the back of a pick up truck, its like a baking tray when in direct sunlight, - don't leave your dog outside without shade and ample fresh water,
- walk in cooler parts of the day if possible, if not then walk close to cool water and encourage your dog to take a dip or at least drink, carry a doggy water bowl and bottle or a spray misting bottle.
- don't over exert your dog on hot days, avoid walks more then an hour at a time, do not cycle with your dog, especially on hot pavement, your doing more harm then good.
5. Keep emergency first aid equipment in your car such as a digital thermometer, a supply of water, cold packs and towels, you might save your own dogs life or some one else's
6. Get educated! Know the law in your local town in relation to dogs in hot cars and what our local authorities can and cant do. ( http://www.dogsafe.ca/blog/2011/8/Dogs_in_Hot_Cars_Understanding_Heat_Stroke_and_the_Law)
Learn how to deal with a dog who has heat stroke, the wrong action such as immersing your dog in very cold water can send them into shock and make the situation worse.
The right way to treat heat stroke: