Cars can heat to over 100 in minutes

On a hot day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels.

On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

Make sure your pets have enough shade and water on hot days.

According to The Humane Society of the United States, "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels-very quickly."

If you see a dog in distress you should call authorities immediately.

Here are some signs your animal may be suffering heatstroke or heat stress.

Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting);

Rapid or erratic pulse

Anxious or staring expression

Weakness and muscle tremors

Lack of coordination

Tongue and lips red or even bluish in color

Convulsions or vomiting

Emergency treatment:

Immediately move the animal to a cool, shady place.{} Wet the animal down with cool water and get water for the animal to drink

Take the animal to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment

Heeding safety advice could save your dog's life during a heat wave

Information provided by The Humane Society of the United States and the American Kennel Club.