Even when parked in the shade on a warm day, animals (or kids or the elderly) can succumb to heatstroke or death if left in the car unattended. Sadly, it happens every year.
Pets are part of the family. We frequently take our dogs with us on outings. And, no matter how prepared, it seems we always have to run a quick errand or two on the way to wherever we are going.
“I’ll just be a minute” and “It’s not that hot” are famous last words that become epitaphs.
Car windows absorb and insulate the inside, quickly turning the car into an oven. A dog’s normal temperature is 99.5 to 102.5 degrees. At 105 degrees, the dog is at risk for heat exhaustion. At 107 degrees, the dog can develop heat stroke, which often involves irreversible damage and death.
So if you need to run errands, leave your dog at home. If you have someone with you, then have them sit with the dog in the car while the air conditioning is on.