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(MTN News-HELENA) It’s not officially summer yet, but it’s certainly felt like it with temperatures in the 80s and 90s recently.

Man’s best friend always wants to go everywhere with you, especially in the car, nut now that it’s getting hotter, you may want to think about not leaving your pets and children in the car.

We all know not to leave a dog in a hot car, but the problem is that not many people know how quickly a car can heat up inside, and people don’t know that even cooler outside temperatures in the 50s and 60s could still create dangerous heat for a dog in a car. 

A sunny day with an outside temperature of 68 could create temperatures of 81 degrees in only 10 minutes. In an hour that temperature could reach 115, and if the outside temperature is 90, the heat inside the car could reach 136 in an hour, a duration of time and conditions your dog will not survive. 

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Just “cracking” the windows often does not create the necessary circulation and cooling for your furry friends.

If you must drive with a dog, here are some alternatives to leaving a dog in the car: use the drive thru window when available. Bring a friend to watch the dog outside while you go inside. Visit pet-friendly stores. Instead of eating inside, try an outdoor cafe, and you can always skip the trip, and leave the pooch in the comforts of a cool home.

We all love our pets, but with owning a pet comes the responsibility of caring for that animal. It’s time not to leave your pets in the care. 



Reporter: Curtis Grevenitz