If you have a dog that loves the car, letting him climb in while you go to run errands may seem like a nice way to give him a treat. If you know you'll be out all day, wouldn't it be better to have him with you than to be left alone in the house? Besides, if you just have some quick stops to make, he won't be in the car on his own for too long, so you may think there's really nothing to worry about.
While your heart may be in the right place when you choose to leave your pet alone in the car, vets are quick to warn that this practice can be incredibly dangerous for your furry friend. Cars can heat up quickly, leaving your pup vulnerable to potentially life-threatening situations, such as dehydration or heat stroke.
Just how hot can cars get?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, it will only take 10 minutes for a car to heat up to 89 degrees Fahrenheit on a 70-degree day. On an 85-degree day, it will only take 10 minutes for the car to heat to 104 degrees. The heat will continue to build with time as well. After 30 minutes, a car sitting in 90-degree temperatures will hit an internal temp of 124 degrees.
Taking safety measures, such as leaving windows down or parking in the shade, don't actually do much to offset the risks – a vehicle can still get dangerously hot in a matter of minutes. A dog will start feeling the effects of hyperthermia when its body exceeds 103.5 degrees, according to the Pet Health Network. When you factor in that canines can't sweat and are covered with body-warming fur, it's easy to see how dangerous a few minutes in a hot car can actually be.
Rather than run the risk of accidentally hurting your pooch, it's better to keep him at home if you need to go out to get some chores done. Leave him with plenty of water and a toy that can keep him entertained, like the Hartz® Ruff Rewards® treat dispenser. It works like a puzzle that will have him so preoccupied, he'll hardly notice you're even gone!
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