It’s summer, it’s hot and inside temperatures of parked cars are even hotter! Don’t be fooled by parking in the shade or cracking a window. Temperatures inside a car can soar after just a few minutes.
Take the “hot car pet test!” On a hot sunny day, turn the car off and crack a window. Sit there for a few minutes. Soon it becomes unbearable. You can open the door and get out. Your pets can’t!
If it’s 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 102 degrees in a matter of minutes. On hot humid days, temps in parked cars directly in sunlight can rise more than 30 degrees per minute!
Dogs especially are designed to conserve heat. They can suffer brain and organ damage after just 15 minutes. The best place for pets on a hot day is at home.
If your taking a trip with pets, make sure to take them out of the car and into shade or air conditioned buildings with you when permitting. Rule of thumb, think how you feel in the heat, your dog and cats feel that way too!