As the weather warms, remember it’s dangerous to leave your dog in the car, even for a few minutes. On a relatively cool 75°F day, the interior of your car can reach 94°F in just 10 minutes, and 109°F in 30 minutes! Leaving the windows cracked open doesn’t cool your car enough to keep your pup safe and comfortable.
It’s fun to take Fido along on your errands, but always check the forecast first and let him chill at home if you’ll be visiting places that aren’t dog friendly.
Did you know? Only 27 of the 50 states have laws in place that prohibit confining an animal in a vehicle under dangerous conditions and/or offer legal protection for someone who rescues a distressed animal from a vehicle.
What should you do if you see a pet confined in a hot car? If you can’t find the car’s owner nearby, call 911. Many states allow emergency personnel to break into a vehicle to rescue an animal in danger.
When it comes to your own pet, use the handy chart below to gauge whether it’s safe to bring your furry best friend along on the day’s adventures!