SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Given how temperate San Francisco is, it doesn’t seem like pets in hot weather would be such an issue, but in August the average temperature is 70 degrees. Dr. Jennifer Scarlett reminds us that on the same day it could be 20 degrees hotter at the end of the BART line in Dublin-Pleasanton.

That’s where we see most of the problems are in the inland hot weather. Most commonly it’s dogs being left in cars.

“We can’t stress enough how hot it can get in a car, even with the windows cracked,” she said.

Scarlett said if it’s a day that you’re wearing a t-shirt in San Francisco or if it’s a hot day, you can’t leave your car in the car.

You should also be aware that walking on asphalt can be an issue for your dog. Not all dogs are created equally. Go ahead and feel the asphalt see what it might be like for them. It might just be safer to leave them indoors where it’s cool.

Lastly remember that all dogs need access to fresh water and an option to get out of the sun. If you’d like more tips, visit us at

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