Heat Stroke and Pets in Parked Cars: A Killer

Every year, pets die in cars on summer days. Sometimes it’s not even that hot outside. Many times the window is cracked and the car is parked in the shade. The startling truth is that even in seemingly safe conditions the temperature inside your car can soar to life-threatening heights in just ten minutes – about the time it takes to run into the post office, coffee shop, or the pet store. (Please watch the video at the bottom to learn important information about how quickly cars heat up.)

NEVER leave your pet unattended in a parked car. As the infographic on the right shows, cars heat up very quickly even in the shade. For instance, if it is 70 degrees outside, within 10 minutes your car will be 89 degrees inside - and in 30 minutes 104 degrees!

Here are a few tips from PetPlan on how you can help to protect and save pets:

  • Spread the word about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars by sharing, tweeting and pinning the infographics on this page. And don’t forget good old fashioned word of mouth!
  • Help raise awareness by using the hashtag #DrivenToBark. 
  • Take action! If you see a dog left in a hot car, notify a store employee to have the owner paged or call your local law enforcement agency or animal control immediately.

Here are additional links with lots of helpful information on keeping your pet safe in hot weather:

Heatstroke in Dogs and Cats

Pet Travel and Car Safety

Summer Hazards and Your Cat

Car Trips and Car Safety for Dogs

How Hot Does It Get In A Parked Car?

Here is another helpful infographic from PetPlan: