As temperatures rise, dog owners everywhere need to remember the dangers of leaving a pet in a locked car.

Even with the windows cracked, a car can get sweltering hot in just minutes. The Tracy Police Department put together this great chart showing you exactly how quickly the temperature can rise.

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Courtesy of the Tracy Police Department

What can I do if I see a dog in a locked, hot car?

The best thing you can do is to get help. According to The Humane Society, the way you can do this is:

  • Get the description and license plate number of the car.
  • Have nearby businesses make an announcement for the pet owner overhead.
  • Call the police non-emergency number and follow their instructions.

DO NOT take matters into your own hands. Every town could have its own Good Samaritan laws around what is acceptable action, and your local police department is best equipped to advise you.

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How do I know if my dog is overheated?

If you suspect your dog has become overheated due to high outside temperatures, look for the following warning signs of heatstroke: excessive panting, thirst, and salivation. An overheated dog may also be lethargic, seem confused, or dizzy. If it truly is heatstroke, a dog may lose consciousness or have a seizure.

If your dog is exhibiting these symptoms, move them to a cool, air-conditioned location and apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck, and chest. After giving them water to drink or ice cubes to lick, you should then get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

The best way to avoid heatstroke for your dogs is to simply leave them at home with plenty of water. As fun as it is to take them with you, it's always to be better to be safe than sorry.

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Has your pet ever experienced heatstroke? Have you ever had to help save a dog from a locked car? Tell us about it in the comments!