Product Picks: 4 ways to keep veterinary patients cool when it's hot out

July 6, 2016

Don't let the dog days of summer get to your patients. Help their owners keep them cool with these items.

A chilly space to rest

Requiring no water or electricity to operate, the Cool Pet Pad from The Green Pet Shop contains a special nontoxic, warmth-absorbing gel that's pressure-activated by the pet's own weight. As soon as Max lies down, his presence initiates a gentle cooling effect that lasts up to four hours. When the pad is removed and left to rest for a little while, the cooling gel is automatically recharged. Not only is the Cool Pet Pad useful in warm weather, it can also provide relief for conditions such as hip dysplasia, postsurgical recovery or itchy skin.

Not too hot to trot

The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler uses natural evaporative cooling to keep dogs cool. Clients soak the vest in cold water, wring it out and fasten it around the dog. Evaporative cooling exchanges the dog's heat as water evaporates from the coat's reservoir. The vest's wicking outer layer facilitates evaporation, the absorbent middle layer stores water for evaporation and the inner layer transfers the cooling effect to the dog. Temperatures drop through the phase transition of liquid water to water vapor, mimicking the cooling effect of humans' sweat. The vest's light color is designed to reflect heat from the sun. Auto-lock buckles on each side of the machine-washable jacket provide easy on and off.

 

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Popware for Pets by Dexas offers lightweight, expandable water cups that clients can clip onto their pets' leash with a carabiner clip. The cup collapses to less than 0.5 inches thick, and the quick-release clip attaches to leashes, beltloops, purses, strollers and more. It also has a space to attach a water bottle to keep a supply ready for when their pet needs it. The cups are great for traveling, camping, walks and pet sport events and is dishwasher safe.

A frosty accessory

The Chill Collar by All Four Paws is a lightweight collar that clients can fill with water and freeze, helping keep their pet cool on warm days. It stays cool for up to two hours outside on warm days or four to five hours inside. As the ice melts, pets can drink the water that's stored in the collar. The collar is comfortable and doesn't lose its shape.

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