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At what temperature is it ok to leave my dog alone in the car?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 3:27 PM
Dogs sticking their heads out of a car window

Do you like to bring the dog alone on short trips across town and long family car trips? Most dog owners do. When traveling in the car with dogs it’s important to take a few extra precautions to make sure they are happy, comfortable, and safe. We discuss whether it is ok to leave your dogs alone in the car in hot and cold weather and other dog-related travel safety tips below.

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Dog playing on the grass in an open areaHot and Cold-Weather Safety Tips for Car Travel with Dogs

Most dog owners are aware that leaving a pet alone in a car on a hot day can have devastating consequences. But, it may be surprising to know that even mild and cold-weather days pose a serious risk. At just 50-degree temperatures, dogs are at risk for hypothermia if left unattended in a car, and other factors like humidity pose a risk on mild days. To make sure your dog is safe, it’s best to keep them at home on trips that would require them to be left unattended, even just for short periods.

Is it illegal to leave my dog alone in the car?

Depending on the city and state you live in, leaving your dog alone in the car can get you a ticket, a fine, or worse. Check with your city officials for more information on the specific laws in your area. Most laws are fairly vague and prevent owners from leaving their dogs alone in a car when the dog’s life is threatened. Some states even have laws in place to protect citizens who are attempting to rescue a dog in danger who is trapped in a car.

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