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Can I leave my dog in the car?

Did you know that on a 78-degree day, it only takes 30 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 104…

 

A purebred golden retriever dog is seen in a car with the windows rolled up. The car is too hot for the dog and the dog is trapped and hurt, illustrating that pets should not be left in hot vehicles.

Did you know that on a 78-degree day, it only takes 30 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 104 degrees? And on a 90-degree day, it can take less than an hour for the interior temperature to hit 109 degrees.

These extreme temperatures can easily lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke in dogs, both of which can be fatal.

So, what can you do to keep your furry friend safe and cool in the summer heat?

  1. Never leave your dog in a parked car, even for just a few minutes. The temperature inside a car can rise very quickly, even on days that don’t seem that hot.
  2. If you’re going to be out in the heat for an extended period of time, make sure to bring your dog with you or leave them in a cool, air-conditioned space at home.
  3. Avoid walking your dog during the hottest part of the day (between 10 am and 4 pm). If you must walk them during these hours, make sure to take frequent breaks in the shade and provide them with plenty of water to drink.
  4. Never leave your dog unattended in a backyard or other outdoor area during hot weather. If they don’t have access to shade and fresh water, they can quickly become dehydrated or overheat.
  5. When travelling with your dog, make sure to bring along extra water and stop often to give them breaks in the shade.

By following these simple tips, you can help keep your dog safe and cool during the summer months!

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