Kelli Bender
July 04, 2017 10:00 AM

Hot cars and dogs are a deadly combination, yet every year a handful of pet owners seem to forget this fact, leaving their dogs marooned in the sweltering sun.

PEOPLE Pet Vet Dr. Evan Antin is here to remind pet parents again, it’s never a good idea to leave your dog behind in the car while you’re out, especially now that we are in the hot, summer months.

“On a hot day, even in the shade, it’s just too hot. They really shouldn’t be in there at all,” Dr. Antin cautions. “You got to remember: As soon as you turn that AC off and step out, your car is cranking back up the heat.”

This means things will get “dangerously hot, dangerously fast” for your dog.

If you know you will need to leave your pet in the car while you are out — don’t risk it — leave them at home where they will be safe and surrounded by AC.

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