Contact Us

It’s Summer: Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car

Dog in Car
bossco/Flickr

I was out running errands around town yesterday evening and parked next to a vehicle with a dog inside of it. Naturally, I felt bad for the dog and realized this is an unfortunate trend during the summer.

Plain and simple: the weather is becoming too hot for a dog to stay inside of your car while you run errands and shop. Within just a few minutes, even with the windows down, it can reach fatal temperatures inside a car. Here are a few facts to think about before running into the store with your dog locked inside of your vehicle.

  • The balance point between storing and getting rid of heat for a dog is 60 degrees Fahrenheit for a smooth-coated sled dog.
  • Dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves down, the way humans can. The only way they can cool off is to sweat through their paws or to pant. But panting means taking in air as well as breathing it out.
  • Finally, the most important fact and most obvious, the temperature outside the car is not an indicator of how hot is it inside the car.
Hot Car Dog Safety
Facebook

So please think twice before leaving your pet in your vehicle while running errands and shopping. If you see an animal in a car on a warm day, contact your local law enforcement. It just may save a life.

More from Newstalk 1050

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ksisradio.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KSIS Radio 1050 AM, News-Sports-Weather quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on KSIS Radio 1050 AM, News-Sports-Weather quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!