The Pacific NW is about the only place in the U.S. right now that isn’t blisteringly hot. Not great for my tomato plants, but much easier on our pets. For those of you who are roasting, check out these 3 different tutorials for making cooling collars. Keep your pups comfortable and, most importantly, keep them safe!
This first cooling collar is probably the simplest. It’s a long, fabric sausage (with water absorbing crystals inside) that you tie around your dog’s neck. If you have a bigger dog, you’ll need to make it longer. Once it’s finished, soak the collar in water and let evaporative cooling do it’s thing. The collar can be reused indefinitely. (While water absorbing crystals (polyacrylamide) is considered non-toxic, I still wouldn’t let my dog eat it. So use some common sense.)
Cooling collar #2 is a collar in & of itself–it has a buckle–and is for a Lab-sized dog. It could easily be downsized for a smaller dog. This design uses either a strip of small ice packs or regular ice for cooling. I like that it has a buckle—seems more secure. This cooling collar is also reusable. (Like with anything, you want to make sure your dog isn’t able somehow chew on the collar or another dog’s cooling collar.)
I think cooling collar #3 is my favorite design. It uses your dog’s own collar to secure it. It too uses a strip of small ice packs, but isn’t usable with ice. Make sure to loosen your dog’s regular collar before sliding on the cooling collar. Then place the cooling collar so the ice packs are next to you dog’s skin with her regular collar on top. This collar is reusable. (Again, make sure your pup isn’t chewing on her cooling collar or another dog’s cooling collar.)
Saffron makes her podcast debut in Episode 109 – Keep Your Pets Cool!
Lots of ways to help your pets beat the heat.
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Lord it’s hot in the Pacific NW lately and most people don’t have air conditioning in their homes, so we’re wilting a bit. Here are some ideas for keeping your pets cool.
First, water, water, water. Don’t underestimate how much fresh water your pets need in the heat. Provide water in the yard, in your house, and when you take your dog out.
- Let them have access to a bathtub, shower, tile floor, or basement to lie on.
- Keep the air moving with fans and ventilation. Placing a styrofoam cooler filled with ice in front of a fan can help cool things off.
- Maybe try putting some ice in the water dish.
- If you don’t have enough good shade in your yard, stick a beach umbrella in the ground to provide more. You can get smaller, less expensive ones at Costco, Target, etc. Your dog will need more than a tiny little patch of shade.
- Get a plastic kiddy pool. (Unfortunately for us, Saffron is still very cautious about hers and won’t lie down in it. She will get in it for treats. Silly girl!)
- An elevated bed will provide air circulation to keep your dog cooler.
Incredible Pet Cot
Breezy Bed (this one has an awning for protection from sun & rain)
- Cooling beds filled with gel or water will help a hot dog.
Body Cooler Mat
K9 Cooling Mat
- Cooling jackets work either by water evaporation or reflection.
Swamp Cooler Vest
BodyCooler Belly Wrap
ChillyBuddy Cooling Jacket
- There are also cooling collars and bandannas.
BodyCooler Cooling Collar
BodyCooler Cooling Bandana
Outward Hound Cooling Bandana
- Try some frozen treats. You can stuff a Kong with peanut butter, cheese whiz, even broth. You can also freeze broth or water in a plastic container—stick some treats in it before you freeze it to keep your dog interested.