There is a powerful video trending right now where a veterinarian sees for himself just how hot it can get in a parked car on a summer day. For those who haven’t seen it, here it is below:
You’ll notice that even with all four windows cracked, Dr. Ernie Ward still looked as if he had been sitting in a sauna, not a car. And he was only in there for thirty minutes – about the average time it takes someone to go buy some groceries or grab a bite to eat. And even though we could see the trees outside swaying in the wind, none of that breeze helped cool down the car in the slightest! In fact, in only half an hour we see the temperature in the hot car rise from 90 degrees to 117 degrees. You definitely wouldn’t hang around in that kind of weather – so don’t expose your pooch to it. Dr. Ward was soaking wet afterwards because humans have sweat glands; dogs don’t. If you’re taking your dog for a ride, plan ahead; if you’re making any stops, make sure they can come with you. Leaving your dog in the car on a hot day, even if it’s just “for a few minutes,” puts them at a high risk of overheating, and it could be fatal – even with the windows cracked!