6 Dog Cooling Jackets That Really Work In The Dog Days Of Summer
When I see folks walking their dogs, or worse, running with their dogs, in the middle of a hot summer day, I cringe. Exercising with your dog on hot days is a recipe for disaster. Dogs don't sweat the way humans do. Yes, they pant, in part to cool off, but panting dehydrates them fast when they are exercising. Older dogs are especially vulnerable in the heat and some dogs, young and old, will resist walking in the heat with all their little might - I've had a few of those. So, what's a dog owner to do?
For one, don't take your dog out at the hottest times of the day;
Always carry drinking water for your dog;
Try not to walk on tar, asphalt, or other very hot surfaces;
Use Musher's Secret to protect your dog's foot pads;
When your dog shows signs of stress or discomfort take him home; and
Consider purchasing one of these cooling jackets highly-rated by dog owners. These with lengthen the time your dog will enjoy being outdoors in the heat!
1. Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Vest For Dogs
The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler is quite popular among dog owners, especially for athletic dogs and show dogs. Like most of the cooling vests, the Swamp Cooler needs to be immersed in cool water and then wrung out before putting it on your dog. The process may need to be repeated every few hours, after the cool water evaporates.
The Ruffwear Cooling Vest comes in three sharp-looking light colors and several sizes.
2. Hurtta Collection, Cooling Coat
Hurtta offers a very good quality Cooling Coat, also great for the active dog. It comes in two colors - lilac and grey - and three sizes. It has an adjustable neck, which is a plus, and 3M reflectors for night wear. The Hurtta Cooling Coat must also be submersed in cold water and rung out before wearing.
3. HyperKewl Evaporative Dog Cooling Coat
The HyperKewl Evaporative Dog Cooling Coat claims its effectiveness for 5 to 10 hours, using HyperKewl's proprietary fabric for the coat. Immerse in cool water, squeeze, and your dog is good to go. The HyperKewl comes in several sizes in blue and beige.
4. Cool K9 Dog Cooling Jacket
The Cool K9 Dog Cooling Jacket needs only one 10-minute dip in cold water and the cool will last, according to the company, for days. The water is absorbed by crystals in the panels of the jacket which hold the water and keep it cool. On some dogs there seems to be a problem with balancing the jacket so that the panels stay on the back and don't slide down, but other dogs don't seem to have this problem.
5. Grammercy Cool Vest For Dogs
The Grammercy Cool Vest is a light weight, resilient, evaporative jacket that has a loose fit. It has a waterproof lining to keep your dog dry. Available in orange and blue, it comes in small, medium, and large.
6. Kumfy Tailz Warming-Cooling Dog Harness
The Kumfy Tailz Warming-Cooling Dog Harness uses gel pack insertions in the tummy of the harness to cool in summer and heat in winter. The theory is that dogs generate heat primarily through their thoracic cavities, so why not put the cooling/warming agents in the chest area.... During mild temperatures, you can use the harness without the gel packs, so there's no need for a large dog wardrobe. Refrigerate gel packs or microwave them; they are replaceable.
Read the customer experiences with each of these cooling jackets; they all have great features that work more for some dogs than others. But give your dog the gift of cool this summer.
That's the buzz for today!