Updated: Jun 16, 2022
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It's no secret that dogs and hot cars don't mix. Every year, we hear tragic stories of dogs who have been left in parked cars and have died from heatstroke. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to dangerous levels for your dog.
On a 78-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a parked car can reach up to 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!
At those temperatures, your dog's body temperature can rise to critical levels.
Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn't seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.