Dogs in hot cars!

Never leave your dog alone in a hot car.

Dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them unattended in a parked car. Parked cars become death traps for dogs. Without proper ventilation, temperatures soon soar in a locked car.

Dogs pant to keep cool and quickly overheat in hot cars when there is no free flow of air. Leaving windows slightly open WILL NOT keep your car cool enough.

Heatstroke can be fatal and develops when dogs are unable to reduce their core body temperature. Symptoms include heavy panting, profuse salivation, rapid pulse, lack of co-ordination, collapse and loss of consciousness.

How hot does it get in a parked car?

The temperatures in this video are quoted in Fahrenheit so do the conversion for equivalent temperatures in South Africa. Divide by 32 to get the temperature in Celsius.

Time is of the essence and can mean the difference between life and death.

It is recommended that the dog undergo a veterinarian evaluation if he/she shows signs of heatstroke. Heatstroke is deadly in dogs!

 

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Anne Smith - SPCA Plant Lady

Anne SmithAnne has been the driving force behind establishing our Gardeners’ Corner, firstly at Campbell Road and later at our Fundraising Centre in Main Street Howick.   She has been with us through thick and thin, planning, executing and running our highly successful plant nursery.   Anne not only sources plants from nurseries at very special prices, she also goes to Kloof SPCA to fetch loads of plants donated from their nursery and she also pots out slips, cuttings, divisions of huge matted plants and other material that is donated by gardeners.  Whatever else she does with her magic wand to produce the huge stock of fine plants, seedlings, shrubs and trees to sell at competitive prices I wouldn’t know but the measure of her success is in the band of loyal supporters who always look for their garden requirements at the SPCA Centre before they even think of going anywhere else.

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