Double dog dare to take the heat test

Double dog dare to take the heat test

It's that time of year. The sun is shining and your dogs wag their tails in anticipation of getting to go for a ride in the car with you. If you do the what's best for them, and leave them home, they will give you sad eyes that just crush you. But, please be strong. Even in 75-degree weather, with the windows cracked, it's too hot in the car.

I challenge all you dog lovers who think I'm just an overprotective pet owner: Stay in your car with the windows cracked for 15 minutes, and you will realize how quickly the inside of the car gets dangerously hot.

This is factual data that is put out by the Animal Protection Institute. Their web site is www.MyDogIsCool.com. The Institute puts out small flyers to be distributed to try and educate people to the dangers of leaving your pet in the car in hot weather even for a short time. The following is from the Animal Protection Institute, which tries to educate people about the dangers of leaving a pet in the car in hot weather even for a short time: "Warm weather can literally be a killer for a dog left inside a car. Did you know that on warm days, the inside of a car heats up very quickly? When it's 85 degrees out, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows left slightly open can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and reach 120 in just a half an hour. On hotter days the temperature will climb even higher. Outside temperatures even in the 70s can be dangerous, as well.

"Even leaving your dog for 'just a minute' may be too long. A dog's normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a very short period of time before suffering brain damage or even death."

It's not cool to leave your dog in a hot car.

Leslee Freeman

For Pet's & People's Sake, Inc.