One of life’s sweet moments is cruising around with your dog in the car with you, especially during the summertime. But one thing’s for sure: you should never leave your dog in a hot car. Hundreds of pets die from car-related heat stroke each year. In fact, it’s illegal in 28 states to leave your pet in an unattended vehicle.
Let’s say it’s a mild 70-degree day. In a parked car, temperatures can rise to 100 degrees in just 20 minutes and almost up to 140 degrees in an hour!
But what if I crack a window?
According to studies by the American Veterinary Medical Association (link below), cracking a window doesn’t measurably lower the car’s temperature. In fact, the car heats up at almost the exact same rate with the window cracked.
Are certain breeds more vulnerable than others?
All dogs are susceptible to heat stroke, but certain breeds, such as Pugs and Bulldogs, are more vulnerable and feel the effects quicker than others.
What should I do when I need to exit the car?
Unless you are taking your dog for a fun outing where he can exit the car safely with you, it’s best to leave your dog at home. Otherwise, travel with another adult who can stay safely with your car in the air conditioning while you run your errand. These simple steps will keep you and your pet happy, healthy and cool all summer long.