How Long is it Safe to Leave My Pet in the Car?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 8:59 am
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If you’re a pet owner in a pinch, you’ve probably found yourself wondering if it’s okay to leave your dog in the car—just for a minute! Everyone knows it can be dangerous to leave your pet in the car, but what’s the limit?

Is it Safe to Leave My Dog in the Car?

The shortest possible answer to this question is “no.” There are a myriad of reasons for this, and understanding these reasons is the best way to start. Take a look here to find out more about what’s going on when your dog is waiting for you. 

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  • It’s HOT: Your car’s internal temperature can skyrocket in minutes, even if it’s in the shade. If you’ve ever gotten into a car on a warm day, you know how hot they can get. Now imagine if you could only sweat through your hands, feet and mouth. No thanks!
  • Dogs Wear Fur: In addition to your car’s sky-high temperatures, your dog is wearing a fur coat that it can’t take off. If you’d like to see how intense this could be, pop on your winter coat and go sit in your car for as long as you can stand. It won’t be fun.
  • The Windows Won’t Help: If your A/C has ever been broken, you know that it doesn’t help much to have your windows down when your car isn’t moving. This is still true for your dog—even for a few minutes
  • It’s Illegal: In some states it’s illegal to leave your pet unattended in your car. Even if it isn’t illegal in the state through which you happen to be traveling, take a moment to think what it takes for a law like that to be passed. It’s pretty far from small beans at that point, so take it to heart.

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