Once you become an owner of a dog, it’s pretty hard to separate from him or her. A dog can easily become your best friend. With that said, many dog owners like to bring their dogs along with them on car trips to run errands. Although it may seem innocent, leaving a dog in a parked car on a hot day can be fatal.
Even if you’re going into the store “for just a minute” and leave the windows cracked, a dog can suffer from heat exhaustion in a matter of minutes. A user on Reddit recently did an experiment and left an egg inside his parked car on a hot day. In just 15 minutes, the egg was cooked! Imagine what could happen to a dog in 15 minutes?
Someone recently decided to do an experiment on a hot day.
They left an egg in a pan inside a parked car to see what would happen to it.
Sometimes, the inside of a car can become much hotter than the outside environment.
“The interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.”
According to PETA, every year dogs suffer and at times even die from being left inside a parked car.
Even if the owner left for “just a minute” to run an errand, leaving a dog inside a parked car can cause severe damage on a hot day
Leaving the dog in a car for too long could lead to brain damage.
A dog could experience a sudden heatstroke in just 15 minutes.
Just look at what happened to the egg after 15 minutes!
It’s practically cooked and ready to consume! Imagine what 15 minutes would do to a poor dog?
Beating the heat is extra difficult for our canine friends.
And parked cars can easily become a deathtrap for dogs.
A vehicle’s temperature can quickly escalate and put any pet at risk of serious illness or even worse, death.
Even on a cloudy day that may not seem that hot to you, it could be a deathly risk for your dog. And cracking the windows won’t make a difference!
Never underestimate how hot the inside of a car can become!
“On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.”
Dogs don’t really have many options when it comes to cooling themselves down.
All they can do is pant and sweat through their paw pads.
Many animal lovers are very much aware of such potential fatal consequences.
Nonetheless, neglect or poor judgement calls still happen — sometimes even among trained professionals.
Even when the temperature doesn’t seem that bad outside, never put your dog at risk!
It doesn’t have to be scorching hot outside for a dog to suffer from heat exhaustion
One good thing to do is touch the pavement.
If the pavement is too hot for your hand, it will be too hot for your dog! This is also useful when deciding whether or not you should take your dog for a walk on a hot day.
Even on a 87-degree day, the asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees.
That’s hot enough to cause burns, permanent damage or even scarring after just one minute of contact.
The best way to eliminate this deathly trend is to spread awareness.
We need to spread the knowledge to others and act if we do see an animal left alone in an unattended vehicle on a hot day
You don’t have to break into the car to save the pet.
Simply take down the car’s color, make, model and license plate number and have the owner paged in the nearest buildings. In the worst case scenario, you can call local humane authorities.