On my soapbox again about dogs left in hot cars

It’s a little early in the year for this, but unfortunately, it has happened again: someone left a dog in the car, and the poor animal died from the heat. Really? This still happens? Even after all of the publicity that results each time this happens?

Do people actually think this cannot happen to them? That their dog is somehow better than the others and will not be affected by the heat? It’s inconceivable to me that there is a soul alive in America who doesn’t know about the danger of leaving a dog in a hot car at this point.

But just in case, here’s the skinny: Car interiors become extraordinarily hot when left outside, even if the windows are cracked. Leaving your dog in a car is not just a bad idea, it’s cruel and inhumane and often fatal.

From the Weather Channel: It is important to note that the outside temperature does not have to be hot in order for a car to become an oven-like death trap. Even temperatures considered mild can lead to death during an extended period of time. In their tests, the interior air temperature of a car left outside on a 90-degree day reached 109 degrees in just ten minutes. After 90 minutes, it was brain melting 138 degrees.

The best advice is to leave your dog at home unless you can take him or her with you whenever you leave the car. You simply cannot predict when you will get delayed, even if you only intend to be out of the car for a very short time. It’s just not worth the risk.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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