You may be in a hurry, or the shop may not accept dogs.
However tempting it may be, never leave your dog in the car during summer months. The result could be fatal.
‘Not long’ is too long
Your car can become an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22°C outside, your car can reach an unbearable 47°C within an hour – leaving the window open simply won’t keep your car cool enough.
Nobody thinks it’ll happen to them
Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their much loved pet, yet every year many people still gamble with their dog’s life. Every summer, dogs die in hot cars.
It’s not OK to leave a dog in a car on a warm day, even if the windows are left open or you’ve parked in the shade. Even if the dog doesn’t die, they’ll experience severe distress, discomfort and anxiety.
It’s also important to be aware of opportunists who may be on the lookout for cars with their windows open on hot days. Dog theft from unattended cars has increased significantly in the past couple of years. If you know you’re not going to be able to keep an eye on your dog at all times, it may be safer for them to stay home.