You’ve all heard the horror stories and seen the pictures.
It is never safe to leave us dogs unattended in a parked vehicle especially during the summer months when the weather is warmer and the humidity is higher. Temperatures in a vehicle can reach 10 to 20 degrees higher than outside; with the lack of air flow and reduced air circulation a vehicle can turn into a hot air tight oven within minutes. Keeping the windows down still does not allow for proper air circulation and the temperatures will continue to rise within the confines of the vehicle as the windows tend to magnify the intensity of the heat.
We dogs have internal cooling and we usually pant in order to cool ourselves down but when our body temperatures rise we will eventually become affected by the heat and will be unable to cool ourselves down. Similar to you guys, we dogs when exposed to high temperatures and humidity will begin to show signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion such as rapid heartbeat, heavy panting, lethargy, weakness, glazed eyes, convulsions and unconsciousness.
Temperatures can reach 40 degrees in parked vehicles during the summer months, we can only handle a body temperature of 40 degrees for a few minutes before serious brain damage or death will occur.
It is always best to keep us at home (happy, safe, and comfortable) when you are traveling to non-public places or somewhere that does not allow us dogs, especially if you are planning on going shopping, even for just a few minutes. As much as everyone likes to treat us dogs to a car ride once and a while, it is never a wise decision to leave us in an unattended car. Keeping us at home (happy, safe, and comfortable) where temperatures are cooler, air circulation is common and we have access to plenty of water is the safest place for us.
It is illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle at any time, leaving us dogs in a car is just as neglectful and even though it is not illegal (it SHOULD BE), it is putting us at risk of serious health risks and possible death from exposure to heat exhaustion.
During the summer months the weather is warmer and humidity is on the rise. Please be good to us. Please take care of us. We depend on you!