You’ve probably heard to never leave a pet in a parked car. If you haven’t, I am telling you now, don’t ever leave your pet in a parked car! The weather this Summer is only getting warmer and more dangerous for pets.
Many owners hear this pet safety advice daily and are well aware that a car can heat up to deadly temperatures in a matter of minutes on a sunny day. Sadly, even well informed pet parents can make unintentional mistakes. You might think it’s okay to leave your canine companion in the car if the windows are cracked or if you snagged a parking spot in the shade, but it’s still not safe. Below are a few more reasons to leave your pet at home when you’re out running errands:
Leaving the windows cracked doesn’t cool down the car enough-
Leaving those windows down just a little isn’t going to cool down the car enough to protect your dog. Dogs feel heat differently than people do and can only cool themselves down through panting and sweating out of the pads of their paws. Not enough cool air can circulate in the car from the leaving the windows cracked, putting your pooch at serious risk for heatstroke. It’s not worth the risk!
Shade doesn’t provide adequate protection-
Even if your car is parked in the shade, temperatures inside a vehicle can still rise dangerously quickly. The temperature inside a closed vehicle can soar 19 degrees in just 10 minutes and 29 degrees in just 20 minutes. Therefore, even if the temperature starts out a few degrees cooler in a shady spot, it can still rise to lethal levels. It’s not worth the risk!
The AC can be a dangerous option too-
It’s not unheard of for an air conditioner compressor or engine to fail, especially with an older car. It’s also not impossible for a dog to accidentally hit a button or switch that turns the air conditioning off or changes the temperature. Plus, why would you ever leave your keys in the ignition while running an errand? It’s not worth the risk!
It’s best to always play it safe and leave pets at home, even on moderately warm days. Practice hot weather safety at home too by always providing plenty of clean water and a cool place to rest. If you cannot physically take your pet into the building or event you are attending, save their life and leave them home.