Here’s the scenario: You have to run an errand while you’re out driving with your dog, and you decide to leave him or her in the car for “just a couple minutes”. Most people assume that if the windows are cracked several inches that they will be fine. You’re thinking, “Its breezy! And it’s not 90 degrees outside. It’s more like 78 degrees. That’s cool enough.”
Well, Dr. Ernie Ward of North Carolina demonstrated that this logic is not only incorrect, but can be fatal for your furry friend.
To prove his point, Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward stays in a parked car on a warm day to see how hot it really gets in there. As you will see in the video below, the car reaches 117 degrees within 30 minutes, even with all four windows opened 1 to 2 inches! After only five minutes, temperatures start to climb to uncomfortable levels with temps reaching 106 degrees at the ten-minute mark. Dr. Ward points out that even though all the windows are cracked open, there is no breeze coming through and the heat is oppressive.
Lesson in all of this: Leave your animals at home where it’s cool and they are safe.
Don’t take the risk.