Leaving A Pet Inside An Unattended Car With A/C Running Is Still Dangerous

July 18, 2018

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Earlier this week we talked about Forgotten Baby Syndrome, that attempts to explains why mindful parents forget their child in the car.  Although we tend to think our pets are a little tougher than a toddler, pets should never be left in a hot car, even for a few minutes. Even on a fairly cool day, the temperature inside a car can reach 116.6°F within an hour if it's just 72°F outside.  More realistic is a 90°F day, where the internal temperature of a car reaches 119°F in less than 10 minutes.  For a dog, they're at risk of heatstroke when their body temperature reaches 105.8°F, and organ failure begins shortly after that. Depending on the outside temperature, it can happen in as little as six minutes and cracking windows won't help. While leaving your pet inside the car with the air conditioning running sounds like a good idea, it is always dangerous to leave an animal in an unattended vehicle. There are documented cases of pets accidently shutting off the a/c.  Many of these sad cases involved police dogs who were in K9 patrol cars with back-up alarms and other failsafe mechanisms. So if you plan to make some stops while your pet is in the car with you, it's safer to take them home and do your errands without them.

SOURCE: Mental Floss & Preventive Vet

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