The Clock is Ticking: What Happens to Your Dog When Locked Inside a Hot Car

It’s a beautiful sunny Saturday and you’re off to run some errands.

You decide to take Buster along with you.

After all, he loves nothing more than tagging along and going for a road trip with his head hanging out of the window to catch the wind on his face.

And you love taking him with you because, well, he’s your most faithful friend!

Dog with head out open window

Photo by Andrew Pons on Unsplash

You get to the store, park up in the shade, crack the windows open a few inches and open the sunroof slightly.

“I only need a few bits and pieces so I’ll be in and out in no time”, you say to yourself.

But the store is busier than normal and you see a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while so spend some time catching up.

30 minutes go by and you return to the car to find Buster motionless on the back seat…

Your Car Can Become an Oven at Frightening Speed

On a typical 85 degree day, the internal temperature of your car can rise to more than 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Even when you’ve cracked the windows.

This is as hot as it gets in the Sahara Desert!

But instead of wearing a lightweight, breathable cotton shirt, your dog it wearing a thick fur coat.

So what does all this heat do to a dog?

This infographic from explains exactly what happens to a dog when left inside a hot car. You can read the full article titled Dog’s Die in Hot Cars on their website.

What happens to your dog when locked in a hot car

Author Bio

This article was written by Ben Doyle, owner of UK pet care company, Pet Checkers.

When he’s not walking, grooming or photographing people’s pets, he writing about everything pet care related.

5 replies
  1. John
    John says:

    Thanks for bringing this up! Dogs locked up in cars is a topic that should constantly be discussed, because some people seem to never learn.

    I would personally not have a problem cracking someone’s window open to save a dog, even if it meant I could be fined by the police.


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