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When it’s only 80 degrees outside, a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes. In that kind of heat, a dog could easily die. That’s why the American Kennel Club recommends that dog owners never leave their dog alone in a car during warm weather.

For additional tips on canine summer care, request AKC’s Canine Summer Safety Tips brochure by contacting Customer Service at (919) 233-9767 or You can also read this article about Summer Care in our Life With Dogs section.