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Keeping your Dogs Safe in Cars in the summer

It's summertime and we have to talk about the scary thing that happens every summer.

Leaving a dog in a parked car during hot weather is extremely dangerous, and even mild temperatures can quickly become hazardous. Here’s a breakdown of the risks associated with various temperatures:

Temperature and Danger Levels

- 70°F (21°C): At this temperature, a car can reach over 100°F (38°C) within 30 minutes, posing a serious risk of heat stroke.

- 80°F (27°C): The interior of a car can climb to 99°F (37°C) within 10 minutes and reach approximately 114°F (46°C) in 30 minutes.

- 90°F (32°C): Inside temperatures can soar to around 109°F (43°C) in just 10 minutes, reaching a life-threatening 124°F (51°C) within 30 minutes.

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Dogs in cars in the summer can be in danger

Why Cars Heat Up So Quickly

Cars act like greenhouses. Sunlight enters through the windows, and the heat gets trapped inside, causing temperatures to rise rapidly. This process is exacerbated if the car is parked in direct sunlight.

Dangers of High Temperatures

- Heat Stroke: Dogs can suffer from heat stroke, which can cause organ failure and death. Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, weakness, and collapse.

- Dehydration: High temperatures cause rapid dehydration, leading to severe health issues.

- Brain Damage: Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can cause irreversible brain damage.

Preventive Measures

- Never Leave a Dog in a Car: Even with windows cracked, the temperature inside can become dangerous quickly.

- Plan Ahead: If you need to run errands, leave your dog at home where it's cool and safe.

- Use Cooling Products: If travel with your dog is unavoidable, use cooling mats or vests and keep the air conditioning running.

The safest option is always to keep your dog out of the car during hot weather. If you see a dog left in a hot car, alert the authorities immediately to prevent a potential tragedy.

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