How Hot Is It? Too Hot To Leave Your Dog in the Car

Why you absolutely should not leave your dog in the car while doing errands.



During these dog days of summer, advice you’ve heard before bears repeating: never just “run into a store” for a few minutes while your dog waits in the car with the windows closed. When it’s 80 degrees outside, not a terribly hot day at all, the temperature inside the vehicle rises to 99 degrees in just 10 minutes. Even at lower outside temperatures, the temperature inside the car rises fast. To drive home the point of just how dangerous it is to safety — and to life — to leave a dog stuck inside a car on a warm day, the Cummings of School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts has devised a chart to show to just what degree the temperature rises as time goes by.


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