Cars become ovens!
The temperature in a vehicle, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level high enough to seriously harm or even kill your pet. A dog can be overwhelmed by heat in as little as 10 minutes. Even on seemingly mild days, an enclosed car can be deadly. When it is 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature can climb to 116 degrees within one hour. Studies show that cracking the windows has little effect on a car’s internal temperature.
How pets stay cool:
Dogs cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws. They do not perspire through their skin like people. On warm days the air and upholstery in your vehicle heats up to high temperatures making it impossible for pets to cool themselves. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees; a dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.
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