Archive for June, 2012

Summer Should Not Be HOT Dogs in HOT Cars

Summer means HOT dogs, and I’m not talking about the kind that you put in a bun with mustard and relish.

If you take your dog with you when you’re out and about in your vehicle, now is the time to remember that if you cannot take your dog out of the vehicle when you arrive at your destination, or you cannot park in a cool, underground or shaded parking area, better to leave your best fur friend at home.

The following is a very eye opening report from the Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University that graphically shows us just how hot it can get inside a parked vehicle in a very short period of time, even with the windows cracked.

“Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We’ve heard the excuses: “Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store,” or “But I cracked the windows…” These excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from being left in a vehicle.
The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F…and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!

Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.

Want numbers? An independent study1 showed that the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96º F rose steadily as time increased.”

Please be kind to your fur friends this summer and make sure that you don’t leave them in your vehicles even for a hot minute.

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Please HELP Seymour

Seymour after grooming

21Jun12: PLEASE HELP SEYMOUR who was rescued from a Chilliwack puppy mill.

“GVAC just took in a dog from the Chilliwack Animal Control that was slated to be euthanized. He was abandoned by a puppy mill operation and needs full dental, neutering and a wheelchair. He is very playful, happy and everything together will most likely cost $1000.

Here is a little more info from his foster mom, Melissa:

I just wanted to share a couple of pics with you of Seymour, one of our Pekingese dogs from the puppy mill in Chilliwack.  As you may know, he’s in really rough shape – he has spinal compression that causes his back end to wobble and fall (Joe, my husband, is working on gathering supplies for a doggy cart/wheelchair for him).

His teeth are in really rough shape. And he was filthy and matted and his nails were so long they had curled around towards his pads.  He shakes when he’s nervous, and tenses incredibly when picked up (I really wonder what his life was like before coming to us).

That being said, he’s the happiest dog.  He kind of shuffles around on the floor like a seal, and follows us around everywhere.  He plays with Barkley and has even worn him out (Barkley is our 10 month old pug/shih tzu).

Seymour is very affectionate and loves to kiss and cuddle.  Seymour sleeps in a plush doggy bed on the floor on my side of the bed, next to Barkley’s crate.  Today, he played with one of Barkley’s toys and it was SO cute.  Our place is all laminate/lino (on the “pet floor” anyway), but we got a cheap area rug for Seymour so he could get a bit more purchase on the floor.  We went to the groomer today and he was shaved down – as you can see from the pictures, it made a HUGE difference.

We’re off to the vet on Sunday to make sure his arthritis pain is under control, and we’ll see how the vet feels about putting him under to take care of his teeth.  We have already raised $100 via ChipIn on Facebook towards Seymour’s care.”

The link to the GVAC ChipIn page for Seymour: http://animalcrusaders.chipin.com/wheelchair-4-rescue-dog

The GVAC is asking all animal lovers for help in the form of small monetary donations toward this little pekingese’s care? If lots of people just donate a little, adorable little Seymour can be well taken care of.

If you can help Seymour with either a small or larger donation, please contact Delana Steele (see below), and tell her that Boris sent you.

Delana Steele
Board of Directors
Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders
www.animalcrusaders.ca

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