With warmer weather on the way, you’re being reminded again not to leave your pet in a hot vehicle.

Health officials say that it can take as little as ten minutes, even if your vehicle is parked in the shade with its windows rolled down, for your pet to overheat and for it to become a dangerous situation.

Dogs don’t have sweat glands and they are only able to release heat through their paws and by panting.

Stratford Perth Humane Society Centre Manager Chris Jones says you should never leave your pet in your vehicle.

“Leave your pets at home, even that two minute ‘oh I’m just going to be two seconds while I fly in’ is too long because you’re never just two seconds.”

Jones adds that there is a hotline set up to call if you see a pet in a vehicle on a hot day.

You can call 310-7722.