While I was waiting at the counter for my order at a local restaurant, an employee took a phone call from someone who was asking if a patron there had left a dog in their car in the parking lot. The employee went around the restaurant asking everyone until she found the dog’s owner. He grumbled a bit about having left windows open in his car, but went out to check.

Please remember: just because summer is over and the air outside is cooler lately, parking a car in the sun with windows partly open isn’t going to keep a dog’s body in a safe temperature range, not to mention its discomfort and possible fear as its surroundings get hotter. If you think that your car will be cool enough for your dog for whatever length of time you plan to leave him there, try putting on a heavy coat or two, a scarf and warm hat, park your car in the sun with the windows down a bit, and sit inside for 15 minutes.  I’ve copied the following paragraph from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Keep in mind that the temperature outside as I’m writing this is 70 degrees.

“The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20-degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30 degrees... and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40-degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle! In addition, a study found that cracking the windows had very little effect on the temperature-rise inside the vehicle.”

Please be responsible for the health, safety and comfort of your pets—they trust that you will provide that.

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