Is It Safe To Leave Your Dog In A Car? Experts Say No

Matt Lillywhite
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Summers in the United States are well-known for being exceedingly hot. The months of June through September are the most likely to see days with highs in the 90s and even 100s in various parts of the country. However, your dog might be dying in the backseat of the car while you're outside enjoying the sun.

On a bright day, indoor temperatures climb by around 10 degrees Celsius in 10 minutes. It's 19 degrees hotter in a car than it is outside after 30 minutes. The rays of the sun heat up the surfaces. The faster the surfaces of the automobile heat up, the darker they are. Because the heat is generated from within the vehicle, opening open the windows makes no effect.

A two- or three-degree increase in body temperature can be lethal to an animal. Their interior temperature ranges between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius. At 40°C, the animal should consult a veterinarian, and at 41°C, organ failure and brain damage are possible.

It's important to note that all dogs are prone to heatstroke. Heat intolerant breeds (dogs with a broad, short skull) like Pugs and Bulldogs, on the other hand, may experience detrimental consequences sooner than other breeds. Make preparations to travel with another adult who can stay in the vehicle with your dog while the air conditioner runs if you know you'll be on the road with him. This will keep him safe and decrease the possibility of him leaping out of a window.

Every year, hundreds of pets die as a result of heatstroke caused by traveling. The problem is so serious that 28 states have passed legislation prohibiting individuals from leaving their dogs in automobiles unsupervised. Some laws openly prohibit the activity, while others defend authorities and individuals who break into automobiles to save dogs.

Dogs with their heads hanging out the open window are also in danger. Airborne items like bushes and branches can cause damage to the eyes, ears, face, and mouth. If there is an accident or a sudden turn, unrestrained dogs near open windows are at risk of tumbling out, and they may even decide to leap out if they see something they want to chase. A dog traveling in the bed of a pickup truck is additionally vulnerable to being hit by flying debris, tumbling out, or leaping out. So, if you're going out to conduct errands that don't entail any enjoyable activities for your dog, you might want to leave him at home safely.

Do you leave your dog in the car? If so, why? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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