When is it too HOT for your dog?

Every year dogs die from being left in hot cars. Instead of sweating like humans, dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws. Stuffy cars and hot upholstery can hinder your dogs cool down process.

Many people think leaving a window open will keep their dog safe, but studies show that an open window makes NO difference. Temperatures rise quickly and in a matter of 5-10 minutes on a hot day, your dog could die. Shade offers little protection and moves with the sun.

Pets most at risk of overheating are young, elderly or overweight animals, those with short muzzles and those with thick or dark-colored coats.

Vehicle Temperatures

Outside TempTime to ReachTemp Inside Car
2410 minutes37
2430 minutes48
297-10 minutes37
2930 minutes48
3715 minutes60



  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive salivation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rapid pulse
  • Vomiting
  • Red gums and tongue
  • Diarrhea


  • Call the Police or Animal Services (311)
  • Record information about the vehicle (make, model, color and license plate number)
  • Alert the management of the business
  • Stay with the dog until help arrives

Leave your dogs at home where they are safe and cool. Your car could be damaged if someone breaks the window(s) and you could be charged with a crime.

Written by The Centennial Animal Hospital Team

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