It's going to be several days before we see daily high temperatures below 30 C, so pet owners are being urged to keep their pets safe from the heat.
Humane Society London & Middlesex is reminding people to never leave pets in a vehicle when it is hot.
“The issue of owners leaving their pets unattended in vehicles during the hot summer months is a serious, ongoing problem and puts animals’ lives at risk,” said HSLM Executive Director Steve Ryall.
Several studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked car can reach fatal levels quickly during spells of hot weather. Even when a vehicle is parked in shade with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside the vehicle can become very dangerous. Since pets have a limited ability to sweat, they are very vulnerable and can be put in a life-threatening situation if left inside a vehicle.
Apart from the warning about pets in vehicles, the Humane Society is also reminding people that it's important to watch for signs that your pet is struggling in the heat. Signs of distress can include vomiting, excessive drooling, convulsions, and exaggerated panting or a total lack of panting.
The Humane Society said pets should always have access to fresh water and their owners should avoid asphalt when taking their pet for a walk, as the heat from the asphalt can burn their paws.
Anyone who sees a pet left in a hot vehicle is advised to call 911 immediately.