Leaving your pet in the car even just for a few minutes may not seem like a big deal, but it could actually be very dangerous for your pets!
The temperature inside a vehicle can actually rise to higher than that of the outside especially during spring and summer when the temperatures go far higher than they do throughout the rest of the year. Combined with the enclosed space inside the vehicle, what may seem like a simple five minute trip to the store for you, could become a stuffy oven for your pet very quickly. This can result in exhaustion, sickness, and in more extreme cases death.
Even when the weather is colder and the temperature drops, the car can still become a very dangerous place if left alone for too long. However, you also may not want to leave your pet alone at home making it understandably difficult to decide what to do when you have an upcoming trip or simply a routine errand that needs to get done as soon as possible.
Alternatives for leaving your companion alone in the car include a ton of options such as leaving them with a friend, putting a leash on your pet and taking them with you if possible, utilizing more convenient options like a drive-thru if possible, and plenty more!
Knowing this, be careful when taking your pet places and consider the risks when leaving them in a vehicle even if it’s only for a few minutes.