dogs hot in cars

Albuquerque is hitting the heat of the summer with heat warnings because temperatures are hitting 100 degrees. Every year people ask, is it ok to leave my dog in the car? What if the window is cracked? What if I park in the shade? What if I am only a few minutes? What if I leave water? What if I put up a sun visor?

The answer is simple. No. It is never ok to leave your pet in a parked car. No matter what you do your dog is not safe in a parked car. Did you know that it is illegal to leave your dog in a hot car in Albuquerque? It is! It is a 4th degree felony which means possible jail time. 

What Counts As A Hot Day?

The inside of a parked car can reach 100 degrees in 20 minutes on a day that is only 70 degrees outside. On a hot day, the temperature inside your car can reach over 140 degrees in less than an hour. 

There is no temperature that is “just right” for leaving your dog in the car. 

Can My Dog Die In The Car?

YES! Yes, your dog can die of heat stroke if left in the car. All dogs are affected, some breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs, are affected faster than others. Dogs with short skulls tend to be highly heat intolerant and overheat much faster than other breeds. 

What to Do If You See A Dog Locked In A Car

It is legal in Albuquerque to break the window of a car if you see a dog locked inside that appears distressed.  If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 911 to report it. The police, or animal control, are pretty quick at getting the animal out. If it is taking too long, you are free to try to break their window to let the dog out. You should immediately call the vet and bring them into the nearest Albuquerque veterinary clinic for an emergency evaluation.