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Dogs in Hot Cars

In warm weather, it's always best to leave your pets at home.

Cars Become Ovens

On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partially opened, can rapidly reach a level high enough to seriously harm or kill your pet.

How Pets Stay Cool

Dogs cool themselves by panting and releasing heat through their paws. They don't perspire through their skin like people. On warm days, the air and upholstery in your vehicle quickly reach high temperatures making it impossible for dogs to cool themselves. In as little as 10 minutes your vehicle can get hot enough to seriously harm your pet, even on a cloudy day.

Getting Help

If you see a dog in a car on a warm or humid day that appears to be in distress, call the BC SPCA hotline at 1-855-622-7722.

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