Facts on Dogs Left in Hot Cars

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Facts on Dogs Left in Hot Cars

Facts on Dogs Left in Hot Cars. Photo by Evelyn Black. Please note: The dog in the photo is here as an example only and not alone in the car.

There’s always somebody who insists that leaving their dog in a car when you go shopping is no big deal, however, facts on dogs left in hot cars reveal that if the temperature outside is in the mid to late 70s, the temperature inside a vehicle can exceed over 100 within minutes.

If it’s a scorcher at around 90 outside, the inside of your car can raise to an alarming 150 to 160 in only 10 minutes.

This sort of torturous heat, and I use the word “torture” because that’s what it is, can do serious damage to your pet, and, in some cases can be fatal.

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If you’ve left your dog in the car for longer than you were expecting, and this is often the case, you need to provide water immediately, check your pet for any unusual behavior, and if he/she is not acting normal, then you need to act and get your pet out of the heat and sun.

Be sure not to go to the extreme by blasting cold air with the aircon, or dowsing your dog in ice water. Gradually introduce him back to a comfortable temperature and check for the following:


  • Excessive panting
  • Increased heart beat
  • Vomiting
  • Discoloration of tongue
  • Lethargic behavior

You are responsible for your pet’s safety and well-being, but the facts on dogs left in hot cars are a constant reminder that this is clearly a bad idea. Okay, so you’re only going into the store for 10 minutes, but remember, that’s all it takes to turn your car into a hot box for your dog. Winding down the window a couple of inches is not enough ventilation and can put your dog in an environment that can do permanent damage, or, end its life in a cruel death.

Unfortunately, thousands of dogs die every year due to heat stroke. Your dog should not die this way. You’re better off leaving your dog at home rather than put your pet through the grueling and uncomfortable temperatures inside your car. The best puppy post policy is to never leave your dog in a hot car.

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