Sometimes, you might be tempted to bring your pets with you in the car…
However, if you leave the car to run an errand, don’t leave them behind for any amount of time!
Even if you roll the windows down or park in the shade, your dog is at a high risk of heat stroke that can cause death.
All dogs are at risk of heat stroke, but dogs with a relatively short, broad skull, such as pugs and bulldogs, are even more susceptible!
The temperature in a parked car is usually much warmer than the outside temperature…
According to the American Kennel Club, even in 70 degree weather, the car’s temperature can reach 100 degrees in 20 minutes!
On very hot days, like the ones we’re expecting this weekend, temperatures in parked cars can climb to 140 degrees in under an hour!
Studies show that rolling down the windows doesn’t help the car cool down either…
If you’re travelling with a pet, it’s best to bring another adult who can stay in the air-conditioned vehicles while you are running an errand.
Other car-related dangers your pet may face in the summer is driving with the windows down…
If your dog sticks his head out of the moving car, his eyes, ears, face and mouth can be injured by airborne objects and tree branches.
They also may jump or fall out of the window if they are unrestrained!
The same dangers arise when your pet is in the bed of a truck, so always drive with them in the air-conditioned cab.
Do YOU take your pets on errands? What do you do with them when you have to park the car to run an errand?