Just How Hot Can a Hot Car Get?

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DEAR PAW’S COR­NER: This morn­ing, I was walk­ing into the drug­store when I heard a small dog fran­ti­cally barking from a nearby car. I looked in the win­dow and saw a toy poo­dle rush­ing back and forth along the back seat, putting her paws on the closed win­dows and barking at ev­ery­one pass­ing by. The car was not run­ning, so no air con­di­tion­ing, though it was parked in a shady spot. I rushed inside the store and called for the man­ager, who con­tacted the po­lice.

They im­me­di­ately opened the car and res­cued the little dog, who was pant­ing heav­ily. Please let your read­ers know that leav­ing your pet inside a locked car, even in the shade, can be a death sen­tence! -Re­lieved Pet Mom in Maine

DEAR RE­LIEVED: I’m glad this story had a happy end­ing! Folks, even on a pleas­ant day with tem­per­a­tures in the mid-70s, the in­te­rior of a car can heat up to life-threat­en­ing lev­els of more than 100 F. That’s even on a cloudy day, or when parked in a shady spot.

Even if you leave your pet inside a locked, run­ning car with the air con­di­tion­ing on, that’s still not ac­cept­able. Your pet will be very anx­ious with­out you present, and any­thing might happen while you’re away.

If you want to take your pet with you, make sure the places you go will wel­come pets inside. (Your pet should be well-trained and re­spon­sive to your com­mands, and not ag­gres­sive to other dogs.) Or, have a friend come along and sit in the run­ning car with your dog or walk them in a nearby grassy area or park while you shop.

Other­wise, leave pets at home. The risk is not worth it.

Send your ques­tions, com­ments or tips to ask@ pawscorner.com.

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