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“Is it too hot to take my dog along today?”

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

Warm weather can literally be a killer for a dog left inside a car. On warm days, the inside of a car heats up very quickly. When it’s 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car — even with the windows cracked — can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in just half an hour. On hotter days, the temperature will climb even higher. Outside temperatures in the 70s can be dangerous, as well.

Leaving your dog for “just a minute” may be too long. Because they rely on panting and aren’t able to sweat, dogs can’t cool themselves like people can and their body temperature can rise quickly. Dogs can withstand high temperatures for a short time before suffering severe illness, organ damage — or even death. It’s not cool to leave a dog in a hot car.

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If your dog is overcome by heat, soak him/her with water and seek vet care.

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