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Leaving dogs in cars: Avoid heat exhaustion and save lives

Sad dog left unattended in hot car
August 8, 2019

It only takes minutes to put your pet in a life-threatening situation when left in a vehicle on a warm or hot day.  Below are common concerns and tips to advocate for pet safety. Pledge not to leave pets in hot cars this summer and get a free #NoHotPets car decal. *Update: Decals are going …

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Tick-tock: No time like the present to check your pet for ticks

Husky dog walking off leash on a forest trail with a woman
July 23, 2019

It’s never too early to check your pet for ticks. After spending some time in the forest, BC SPCA manager of policy and outreach Amy Morris found three ticks on her dog, Clover. “I couldn’t believe I found three on her in such a short timeframe,” Morris says. “I think it highlights the fact that …

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Expert tips to keep pets cool in the summer heat

July 3, 2019

Hot weather can be fun to enjoy with our furry companions, but it’s important to remember your pet’s needs in warmer weather. Humans can choose to go inside or seek shade if it’s hot out, but pets don’t always have that option. “Our pets often depend on us to make those choices for them,” says …

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Why senior animals make great pets

May 22, 2019

It’s common for older pets to get overlooked at shelters with kittens and puppies also hoping for their forever homes. Cats and dogs are considered “senior” or “mature” at around the age of seven. “Often what we’ll see in the shelters is these young little puppies and kittens coming in, and everybody runs to them,” …

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Keep Spot from getting hot: Why it’s never cool to keep pets in a warm car

May 9, 2019

As temperatures rise across the province members of the public become increasingly concerned about pets being left in hot cars. The BC SPCA received hundreds of calls to rescue pets from hot vehicles in 2018 and is preparing for another busy summer. Owners and caretakers may believe they’re doing their furry friend a favour when …

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Emergency pet preparedness is key when seconds count

May 7, 2019

May 11 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day and the BC SPCA is encouraging pet guardians to plan for their furry family members in the event of an emergency, such as wildfires, a flood or an earthquake. Download our Emergency Checklist » “People don’t necessarily think about their pet in an emergency situation until it’s …

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Ask the SPCA: Dog dental health

A happy and smiling dog looking up with perked ears
February 8, 2019

A friend of mine recently complained that my dog has stinky breath! Isn’t “doggie breath” normal? That potent “doggie breath” is more than just an unpleasant odour. It can actually signify a potentially serious health problem: dental disease. Dental disease is very common – so common, in fact, that an estimated 80 per cent of …

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Muzzles: a modern perspective

Basenji dog muzzled for a run.
December 12, 2018

Muzzles are an oft-misunderstood tool for keeping your dog safe. In the past, dogs wearing muzzles were often labeled as ‘bad’ or ‘aggressive’ and were scary for some people. Today we know that pet guardians muzzle their dogs for a variety of reasons, intended to keep their animals safe and happy. What is a muzzle? …

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Indoor winter workouts for your pet

November 28, 2018

It can be a challenge to make sure your pet is getting the exercise they need to stay healthy in cooler temperatures — especially if some situations don’t allow you and your four-legged friend to go outside. “You’d be surprised at how much activity your pet can get indoors,” says Karen van Haaften, BC SPCA …

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