Heat Awareness

Pets feel the heat just as we do.  Don’t forget to think of your pets on hot days.  Here is an important article about pets in vehicles and heat.

Pets in Vehicles

Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We’ve heard the excuses: “Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store,” or “But I cracked the windows…” These excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from being left in a vehicle.

The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F…and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!

Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.

Want numbers? An independent study showed that the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96º F rose steadily as time increased.

Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature v. Elapsed Time

Elapsed time  Outside Air Temperature (F)

0 minutes        70        75      80      85        90       95
10 minutes       89        94      99     104     109     114
20 minutes      99       104     109     114     119     124
30 minutes     104      109     114     119     124     129
40 minutes     108      113     118     123     128     133
50 minutes     111      116     121     126     131     136
60 minutes     113      118     123     128     133     138
> 1 hour         115      120     125     130     135     140

Courtesy Jan Null, CCM; Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University

This study also found that cracking the windows had very little effect on the temperature rise inside the vehicle. This is definitely a situation where “love ’em and leave ’em” is a good thing. Please leave your pets at home at home when you can…they’ll be safe and happily waiting for you to come home!