Most dogs love car rides and taking your dog with you while running-errands is a great way to spend some extra quality time together. However, there will likely be occasions when you have to leave him alone inside the car. Many stores and other public buildings don’t allow dogs on the premises, so he’ll have to sit and wait by himself. Since you can’t leave the motor running and the air conditioning on, your dog will be left to endure the brutal summer heat. Unfortunately, a hot car can quickly turn into a death trap for any dog.
How Hot Can a Car’s Interior Get?
While many people realize that leaving a dog unattended in a car during periods of extreme heat is a bad idea, the practice can also be dangerous on a “cooler” day. When the temperature is a relatively comfortable 70° F, it can reach a scorching 104° F inside a hot car in less than 30 minutes. Cracking the windows or parking the car in a shaded area will have little impact on how quickly the temperature rises.