RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - It is estimated when temperatures range from 80-100 degrees on a sunny day, the inside of a car can reach over 150 degrees in only 30 minutes. Something that a dog cannot take, if left inside.
Heat stroke is a common occurrence for animals left in vehicles during a hot day. This happens when the body overheats, and can lead to seizures, internal bleeding, brain damage and even death. The Animal Clinic of Rapid City say they unfortunately have already seen some cases of dogs with heat stroke.
"We have seen a few this year already. As it gets hotter it's one of those things we hope never to see them but it is something that we do see and we're happy to help get them through it if we can," says Dr. Heidi Brigman a vet at the Animal Clinic of Rapid City.
It's important to remember to leave your air conditioning on if leaving the pet in the car. If not, they may suffer the consequences.
"We all want our pets to be with us and that's totally understandable, but sometimes the best thing we can do for them is to leave them at home on those hot days," says Dr. Brigman.