On hot summer days, the temperature inside a car will climb more rapidly than you would possibly imagine.
On an 85° day for example, the temperature inside of a car (even with the windows down) will reach 120°. On hotter days it will go even higher.
A dog’s normal body temperature is 101.5° to 102.2° Fahrenheit. A dog can withstand a body temperature of 107°-108° for only a very short time before suffering irreparable brain damage or death. Obviously, the same goes for cats and other animals as well.
Don’t leave any animal in a car for any reason. Even when you think you will be gone for “only a minute.” Dozens of pets needlessly die this tragic way every summer.
If for any reason, an animal should be overcome by heat exhaustion, immediately soak it down with cool water and take to a veterinarian as soon as possible.