Dogs in Hot Cars and a Dangerous Product Claiming to be the Solution

This morning, I received an email from a representative of a company asking me to promote there product Kulcer, which is the solution to leaving dogs in hot cars – according to their email to me, this product takes away the worry when it comes to leaving our dogs in hot cars.  Here is the email:

Update: I removed the email image, because even I couldn’t see it.  Here is the quote that has me concerned: “We all know that there is a lot of news that dogs die in car because their owners leave them in a sealed car under high heat. This is the news about “Dogs in Hot Cars” http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animals/dog-hot-car.aspx Kulcar will be a solution for this kind of scenario. Their pet owners wont worry about their dogs might die in their car if they leave them in car under high heat.” ~ via email

I followed the link to their NewEgg.com listing and saw the below chart showing how temperatures are still very high; if this product is to allow us to keep our dogs in car on hot days, shouldn’t the temperatures be lower?

Sonray, Kulcer, Dogs in Hot Cars

How many dogs will be harmed, because their humans didn’t do their homework?

Maybe I’m reading this wrong, but I see that on a 97.52 degree day, without using this product, it can reach a temperature of 194 degrees in a locked car.  By using 1 Kulcer, temperature will increase to 125.42 degrees and by using 2 Kulcers, temperatures will increase to 112.46.  Granted, I know that a car is going to be hotter inside than out, so obviously this product is keeping temperatures lower than what they would be without using the product – but to say that this product takes away our fear of our dogs dying in locked cars on hot days is inaccurate and, I believe, irresponsible.

So it’s better than no Kulcer at all, but it’s not decreasing the temperatures inside the car as the emailer claims.  In response to my concerns about the claims that this product makes it safe to leave our dogs in hot cars (see first image) and the temperatures actually increasing with use (see second image), I received the following message…

I don’t know why you would say if equipped with our Kulcar, the temperatures go up?! Actually, we didn’t encourage the pet owners to leave their dog in car under high heat either with or without Kulcar. Instead, Kulcar focues more on efficiently lower down the in-car temperature and meanwhile protect both the passengers and the pets from those fumes from car interior plastics. I hope this covers your concern. 

I again tried to clarify my concern asking if the NewEgg.com listing was incorrect, but I never received a follow up response and received a response stating that the product keeps the toxin levels down in the car, something that we and our pets are breathing in when our car sits in the sun on a hot day.

What I think is being misunderstood is why a dog dies in a hot car; it appears that the emailer believes that death is due to toxins, when it’s actually due to the heat.  Although the goal isn’t to tell people that it’s now safe to leave their dogs in hot cars, we’re living in a world where people just don’t think and even the suggestion that a dog should be near a car on a 90+ degree day is irresponsible, in my opinion.

The purpose of this post isn’t to attack the company, but to warn dog owners about products claiming to protect our pets.  We all know the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars.  This past summer, I read about a teacher who locked his puppy in the trunk of a car in Florida (saved), a K9 dog who died after being forgotten in a hot car,  and we were inundated with images warning us about leaving dog in hot cars.

Dogs in Hot Cars Collage

Please share this post with your friends.  Sadly, too many dog owners believe the claims companies make about their products and it’s up to us as a community to share these warnings to keep our dogs safe.  You can also raise awareness of the dangers of dogs left in hot cars with this information.

Thanks!

 

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    • I was so bummed out by this company, because I don’t think they understood what they were asking of me. They wanted their product featured on a high traffic blog and tried to tie it into what my audience would be interested in; I do appreciate the effort, but they went in the wrong direction. I haven’t heard from them again, so hopefully they’ll rethink their marketing.
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  1. Just from squinting to actually read the whole email, it seems like this company believes dogs die in hot cars not from the heat but from the fumes emitted from the plastics within the cars?!? Which, obviously, makes no sense. We all know they die from heat exhaustion/heat stroke. I will share this around…just in case someone else gets contacted and thinks it would make for a good review (NOT).
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  2. I could see this possibly being helpful for when a dog is left in a car for 10 minutes when it’s 70 degrees or so. Maybe that’s where the marketing should be focused. Why even focus on 97 degrees, since obviously if it’s that hot, no dog should be left in a car regardless.
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  3. Thanks for this post – I definitely hope the dog market is not one they try to hit up. They’re hitting up tech, parents and nerds – I’ve seen posts about these. I think they know dogs can die from the heat but I don’t think they have any clue what temperatures can kill dogs, or that temperatures that threaten dogs’ lives are far lower than those that threaten humans’ lives. My feeling is that they haven’t spoken to any veterinarians or done any research in that area and they’re just in a rush to get their name and product out there. I’m glad they came to you – someone informed and who would really look into whether it’s the best thing for dogs. I do have a feeling they’ll get to other dog bloggers though and it’ll be scary if people start to believe they can leave their dogs in the car on a hot day just because they have this. I hope they don’t end up swimming in lawsuits one day…
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  4. Got that email and just ignored it. It’s just ridiculous but its happening everywhere … just lots of irresponsible dog owner. We’ve experienced an island living last year and leaving dogs in the car (back of the trunk) is very common. Every state and country should make a LAW that no one is allowed to leave their dogs in the car (no matter the weather is …) Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  5. This is scary-thank you for sharing and letting us know to be on the lookout. The simplest solution would be to leave your canines home on a very hot day. When we lived in Phoenix, we only got to go if we were going to join mom in the stores (such as Petsmart, Pet Club, or Home Depot), but otherwise we stayed home in the air conditioning. In Flagstaff and where we live now, we always get to go, because thankfully it doesn’t get very hot :)
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  6. Wow, their response to your email says it all about this company. Good on you for actually following up with them, however. I am guilty of simply deleting and ignoring which doesn’t really express anything to the company except to leave me alone.

    I don’t care what products come on to the market, it is never safe to leave a dog in a warm vehicle. Not with the windows down and not even with the air conditioning on. It’s not about playing the bad guy, it’s about keeping pets safe.
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      • I can’t figure it out either. I’m an animal control officer and deal with this all too often. Last month I had a woman lock her dog in the car with all the windows up because “He’s a $4000 dog and I don’t want anybody to steal him.” Seriously! I showed her that my infrared thermometer read 101 degrees — then wrote her a ticket for cruelty.
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        • Then why not leave your $4000 dog at home? Good for you. My boyfriend gave a young girl an animal cruelty ticked for leaving her senior dog locked in a hot car on an 85 degree day. She also got in trouble for lying to the police when she claimed her parents dropped the dog off.
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  7. Thank you for this important post. This is especially critical here in Phoenix, where temps are too high to keep dogs in cars even in the winter, sometimes. This is a frightening product.
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    • I know. It breaks my heart that the company doesn’t get the damage they could potentially do by promoting their product this way. I’m starting to wonder if there’s a place I can report them too, but since it’s a foreign company, I doubt it.
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    • I agree; this person is definitely not skilled at marketing. She first approached mom bloggers and now she’s emailing pet bloggers. What’s funny is how she contradicted herself in her emails to me. I don’t think she was expecting me to ask questions.
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  8. As a dog travel writer, they’ve hit me up twice now. I am still formulating my response. I have been traveling with dogs for over 20 years and this product makes me sick.

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    • I was curious to know how many pet bloggers they’ve contacted; I’m praying that I don’t see one of our own promoting it. The blogger I was 2 years ago and the blogger I’ve grown in to today are very different. 2 years ago, I may not have asked as many questions.
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      • Tell me about it. I’ve been in the pet industry for a solid 5 years now and the person I was 10 years ago has evolved. Traveling with dogs for 20+ years, this product repulses me.

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  9. Thanks for this post Kimberly and thank you for doing the research on the product. I received an email from them yesterday to do a review :(

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  10. I think the maker of this product is just trying to to make money and has no concern for the safety of pets or humans. Could you imagine leaving a baby in a hot car with one of these? Of course not! You would go to jail. I believe they thought that they would send out a blast email to as many dog bloggers as they could in hopes that it would promote sales. I think the backlash is something they did not plan on. It is ALWAYS a bad idea to leave your dog in a locked car, no matter the temp.

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    • Barbara – you are so right. I’m blown away by the people who reach out to me to promote their product. They just want money. I’ve had two people email me to say “sorry about your dog” and then immediately start asking for when I’m going to write about their product. They aren’t paying me, they just want access to my readers. It’s heartless, cruel, and shows the ugly side of the pet industry, which is people happy to take advantage of our love of our pets to get in our wallets.
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  11. They should simply market this product as an easy way to keep the car cooler (i.e. not as hot) in the summertime (and not mention anything about dogs). It would apply to a bigger audience, and not endanger dogs!
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    • I agree! I think in their haste to attract a large audience, they didn’t think through their logic nor take into consideration how protective we are about our dogs. Pet owners are becoming more educated each year and a product like this may have fooled people a decade ago, but today, with social networking, reaching out to pet bloggers can be this product’s downfall.
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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this! I don’t believe in any product advertising it is safe to leave a dog in the car. Not only is there heat or cold to worry about, but also theft. There are some people out there who will steal dogs, purebred or not, for various nefarious reasons.
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  13. No! No! No! Never leave your dog in a hot car and depend on some gismo to reduce the heat inside the car. I personally know of K-9’s that were left in patrol cars with the air conditioning running (this is common practice and usually safe) who have become overheated when the AC failed…and those dogs had the best of conditions.

    Never, ever leave your dog in a hot car.

    Never, ever depend on a gadget to cool your hot car.

    That’s just my two cents.

    PS According to Kulcar’s advertisement…two of their gadgets would maintain a “cool” 112′ F inside the car when the temperature is 97′ F outside. Um, ya…112’F is way too freakin’ hot for man or beast to endure inside a confined metal box.

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    • Thank, Tina – it frightens me that anyone would even suggest that a dog should be in a car when it’s 97 degrees outside. What could people be thinking? And for a company to promise them safety feels irresponsible and dangerous. I so appreciate you weighing in on this topic.
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  14. Hope many people, especially dog owners manage to read this post.
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