It’s Too Doggone Hot!


Is it too hot to leave your dog in the car today?

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car – even for “just a minute” – while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than ten minutes! Cracking a window does not make that much of a difference and on hot days, cars parked in the shade can still be unsafe.

What to do?

It’s best to leave your pet at home while running errands during hot weather. If you absolutely must leave your pet in a car, please do the following;

Open windows and vents as wide as possible without providing an escape route or, put your pet in a well- ventilated cage inside the car and open the windows fully.
Provide plenty of fresh water.
Check the car every 10 minutes.
Park in the shade.
* Information provided by C.A.R.E. (Community Auto Repair Experts). For more information about C.A.R.E. visit

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