By: City Pup Life
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Summer heat takes a toll on pets, and keeping them cool is an important responsibility when you venture out in warm weather. If you have outdoor space at home that you spend time in, you want to be sure you pup has a cool place to retreat to if they will be outside with you. Setting up a cool, shady spot will ensure your dog comfortable and safe.
One step you can take is to get a cooling pad for your pup to lie on. There are three basic options available: 1. elevated beds; 2. gel filled beds; and 3) water filled beds. We have examples of each below with more infromation about them.
Coolaroo Elevated Cooling Bed
The Coolaroo elevated bed bills itself as the original elevated pet bed. It's simply an elevated platform, and it's one of the best selling pet beds around for a reason. All elevated beds provide a screen-like platform elvated on a frame. Your pup lies on the screen a few inches off the ground, and the air flow helps to keep your dog cool. These also aleviate joint pain by reducing pressure on knees, hips, and shoulders. This company specializes in their fabrics, and they also sell them for sun shades, privacy screens, and more. It's a very poplular product and users (and their pets) love them!
Arf Pets Self Cooling Mat
Arf Pets gel filled bed is another popular option and comes in various sizes. They are filled with gels that are meant to stay cooler than the ambiate temperature, and to absorb your pups' body heat to dispurse it throught the pad. Gel cooling pads can be a great option too, you shouldn't leave your pup unattended with them--even though most of them (and this one) are non-toxic, they definitely shouldn't be eaten. The Arf Pets pad should keep your pup cool for up to three hours of continuous use and automoatcially cool back down with a few minutes of non-use. We find that in really hot weather, these dont' actually "recharge", or cool down on their own very well, and in any even only stays a few degrees cooler than the ambiant temperature. They tend to work great inside as a cool, padded place for your pup though! We have clients who throw them in the fridge for a quick cool down.
One major benefit--you can continually refill them with cool water as needed. Water-based beds are less popular for a few reasons. Primarily, they tend to be prone to puncture from sharp claws, which can cause a mess and ruin them. Finding a durable material is key, but fewer and fewer manufacturesrs make these now. We actually don't have one that we recommend because those that are out there just aren't durable enough. If you have one you love, let us know!