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Keeping cool dogs out of hot cars!

Updated on August 22, 2013

Be aware, be active, educate and prevent!

Year after year, dogs left in hot, locked cars suffer debilitating injuries and horrible deaths.

We are here to help create awareness and educate; and encourage you to help prevent needless suffering! 

Read on and learn about Cool Dogs in Hot Cars and how you can spread the word to keep pups safe.

Graphic courtesy of

How hot can it get? Dr. Ernie Ward tests it out.

Here are some very interesting links to studies about how hot cars can get. Take a look, you'll be shocked!

On a hot or even warm day the temperature inside a car can reach a high enough level that a dog can die from heat stroke in just minutes, it's like an oven!

Thanks to the new Hot Car/Hot Oven PSA campaign by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office the danger of leaving a dog in a hot car can be shared and spread to bring awareness.

"If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, try to locate the owner, notify on-site security personnel if possible, or call 911," says Debbie Knaan, LA's deputy district attorney in charge of animal cruelty cases.

Visit these links for more information and how you can help spread the word!

What would you do?!

Is it Too Hot for Spot?

This handy thermometer is designed to provide pet owners a view of just how hot it gets in a car!

It also helps raise awareness as an educational tool of the danger of leaving pets too long in a car during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons by showing the temperature in real time! Clings immediately and works instantly.

Mum keeps Get is now from Too Hot for Spot for only $12.90 with shipping (ea).

Cool stuff for cool dogs!

Be sure and visit my website - - where you can shop for cool stuff for cool dogs!

We've put together, in one place, all the cool stuff you need for your dog!

Find dog beds, all natural foods and treats, collars, leashes,charms, training and agility gear, vitamins and supplements, books, clothing, toys and more!

And the best part is we donate 10% of our profits to dog rescues and shelters!

Dog rescued from hot car!

Watch as the Boston Fire and Police rescue a dog locked in a car on a hot day! Thank you Boston's Finest!

Be prepared!

Recognizing and acting on heat stroke in dogs!

Bark at me!

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I can't for the life of me figure out why people still don't get this. The recent death of a police dog (because the handler was inside doing paperwork) baffles me.

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      thegrowlinggour 5 years ago

      Great Lens Squid-likes!! It can't be said enough DON'T LEAVE YOUR PETS IN HOT CARS!! Great info on cooling beds and travel water dishes. thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for doing this! I almost hate the warm weather because of all the dogs I see in hot cars. Some establishments are great about making announcements and others (Target) won't announce anything over their PA about a pet in a car.

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      marlene3 6 years ago

      Nice lens- You have created very helpful & informative lens. Thanks

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      TrainMyPitbull 6 years ago

      Great stuff- did not know these existed. I live in heat- my dogs say bow wow wow (thanks)

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      Deano1979 6 years ago

      Lots of good info on dog saftey


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      devsdca 7 years ago

      It can't be emphasized enough what the risks are to leave a dog on a hot day in the car. I applaud people to rescue even potentially dangerous dogs from inside a car and not to leave them in their misery or even a heatstroke. The dog can't do any harm in this state, so don't be afraid to help if you can and get the dog out of the car, even if the owner is not around. It's not worth it to have the dogs suffer!

      Thanks for this great lens.

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Greetings! You have a lovely lens and it has been blessed.

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      fortune68 8 years ago

      Thank you for speaking out for those who can't - our precious furry friends. I am sickened by the things that happen again and again, and I can't thank you enough for bringing it to more peoples attention.

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      DogPackMom 8 years ago

      I see you have links to K & H COOL BED III CANINE COOLER. I have one for each of my puggies and I highly recommend them. I live in southern Florida and even with the air conditioner, my dogs seem to get a bit overheated sometimes. I have a cool bed in their favorite napping spots and they really, really enjoy them.

      And about the lens -- thank you so much for publishing this very value information. 5 stars! Best, DogPackMom

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      This is one of my pet peeves with dog owners. I just can't understand how they can think it's safe, even for five minutes. I can't handle sitting in a stationary car with the windows wide open for five minutes and I don't have a fur coat.

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      Johann The Dog 8 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      [in reply to The Dog Walker] Thank you for spreading the word! And it sounds like it did it in just the right way :) On behalf of dogs everywhere, thank you!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A couple of days ago I waited by a car where a dog had been left inside. When the owner returned I told her, as nice as possible, that it could be potentially life threatening to her dog to leave Fido in the car. I know I was being a bit pushy but I couldn't help myself. The woman was embarrassed and thanked me for my concern . It could have gone another way. I'd like to think that I may have saved a dog.

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      dustytoes 9 years ago

      I no longer have a dog, but what a great reminder for all dog owners. Never leave your pets, or kids in hot cars!

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      cannedguds lm 9 years ago

      I love my Shiba Inu dog and I love bringing her along while going out in my car! I really don't want anything bad to happen to her! Thanks for sharing this! I hope a lot of dog owners out there will read this lens of yours! Great job!!! Another masterpiece of yours!

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      driewe 9 years ago

      Great lens on an important topic

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      Johann The Dog 9 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Hi Frank - thanks for barking in. Temperatures inside a car can vary widely from outdoor temperatures with the effects of sun. See the links at the top for more information, because cars can develop killer heat even on cooler days. And remember, always play it safe when it comes to leaving your pups in the car!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      how hot does it have to be outside to make it unsafe inside a car for dogs?

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      carrieokier 10 years ago

      Such an important topic. 5 stars!

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      RaintreeAnnie 10 years ago from UK

      This is such an important topic for all dog owners to be aware of Johann, thanks for raising it here. 5 stars.

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      MelissaLee 10 years ago

      This is something everyone should be aware about. It kills me to go to the grocery store and see a dog locked up inside a car with no windows cracked in 100 degree heat. I usually stay by the car until the owners come out to be sure they're o.k. Great lens - rated 5 stars!