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Cooling vests for dogs

My dog gets tired very quickly in those high temperatures . We stay inside as much as possible, but with 30C outside even 15 mins long walk is a struggle.

Have any of you tried cooling vests? I've read they can be really helpful, but it seems even zooplus does not have anything like that. Before I start looking somewhere else, I would like to know if it is worth the effort (and money). Any recommendations?
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

Does your pup tolerate wearing other kinds of vests/coats?

I'd probably first see how she reacts to walking in a t-shirt, or a swim vest if you have one as that would be a closer approximation. If she absolutely hates other clothing then you'd likely have an uphill battle desensitizing her to a cooling vest.

Another possibility is a cooling bandana - again, though, you should try a regular bandana first to see if she accepts something around her neck.


On walks I just carry a water bottle and douse the mutts if they seem to be too hot. But mostly I walk before sunrise and so avoid the problem altogether.

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By the way, I have a cooling mat that mine won't use. Not for use on walks, obviously, but supposed to be good for dogs who like to snooze outside on a hot day. You are welcome to it if you think your pup might like it, just send me a PM.



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Sermon time for all dog owners:

We are still in the danger period for Lepto. If your dog is not vac'd against it, avoid standing water - tempting as puddles are in hot weather .


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Pics of your little beauty wouldn't go amiss...
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

No, I haven't tried any coats. The problem is, she is still growing and I can only predict her adult size. She wears simple adjustable harness (for cats... others were too big ) and accepts it, but it's a temporary solution (I'll probably get her a Ruffwear when she grows up).

Her vaccines are up to date. We live by the river, so there is plenty of water available, but she does not like being wet (forget about swimming).

Thank you for the offer, but ussualy a wet towel wrapped around her or set on the floor helps (again, an indoor solution ).

Just yesterday I had an errand to run and took her with me. It wasn't a long walk, yet on our way back she started stopping and laying down in shaded areas. Do you know how exhausting it is to carry additional 7 kg ?



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Old 12.06.2015, 13:34
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

Oh my - she is growing into such a lovely lady!

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I see that Meiko has the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler for CHF 85. Not bad as Swiss prices go, but as she is still growing you might want to wait to invest.

http://www.meiko.ch/index.cfm?shopar...eikowww&spr=de

For now, perhaps carrying a baby bib or t-shirt might suffice. Simply dunk in cold water (from a fountain, or carry a bottle) and wring out a bit before putting on. Wouldn't stay cool as long as a purpose-designed product, but perhaps would be good enough in an emergency.

Another trick is to carry a collapsable lightweight bowl or tray in your walking pack. Fill with water, have your dog stand with her paws in the water to cool down.

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I'm lovin' her ears, by the way.
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

heksita- your furry friend is just too cute! And I must agree with meloncollie-- the ears! Oh my!!!
When I lived in Southeast Asia and walked with my dog ( 70+lbs mix breed- Aussie/St.Bernard?) I would use a cooled/wet bandana (sometimes I would place it in the freezer the night before in a ziplock so it was REALLY cold) and always carried a big bottle of water in my pack. I would get the kind that have a sports top and she would drink out of it although as meloncollie suggested a portable bowl might work better.

One thing I wanted to bring up (forgive me if you are already aware/savvy to this) is that it is possible your pup might be lying down to get off her feet because of hot walking surfaces. If it is so warm out and it is uncomfortable for YOU to walk on the surface in bare feet then chances are pretty good your furry friend isn't going to enjoy it either.

Hope your friend adjusts to the warm temps and that you two find a good solution. I'm envious that you have a canine friend to frolic with! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

What do dogs do who don't have rich owners toSurely buy "cooling vests" ?

Surely nature has done a good job up until now, is it just there's nothing else to waste money on ?
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What do dogs do who don't have rich owners toSurely buy "cooling vests" ?

Surely nature has done a good job up until now, is it just there's nothing else to waste money on ?
Of course. And nature has done a fine job on humanity, there's no need to waste money on things like heating or medical care, either.

More relevantly, pics of Rusty in a cooling vest will follow as soon as I can find some. The girlfriend swears by it, and he never seems to object.

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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

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What do dogs do who don't have rich owners toSurely buy "cooling vests" ?

Surely nature has done a good job up until now, is it just there's nothing else to waste money on ?
depends on the coat and the breed my rescue russian pup with a double coat HATES water and Heat due the double coat effect, my bulgarian rescue LOVES water and doesn't mind the heat ( lighter thin coat ) Russian pup LOVES Snow and dives head first in and Bulgarian pup doesn't care for snow at all ! Not all dogs or breeds are the same. I do prefer very early walks and late afternoon or early evening walks in the summer : everyone is happy then : Including me !
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Of course. And nature has done a fine job on humanity, there's no need to waste money on things like heating or medical care, either.

More relevantly, pics of Rusty in a cooling vest will follow as soon as I can find some. The girlfriend swears by it, and he never seems to object.
As promised, though the image tag buttons aren't working on my iPhone just now:


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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

Rusty is certainly looking good!
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

I can't get the pic to load on my stupid ipad. :-(

lily has a double coat and is rather lethargic in the summer. Hates water too. But during the day she sometimes goes outside to nap on the concrete. She also has access to a bed near an open door and a spot near the fan. And, this is her favorite spot when the grill is running full blast.


Although, perhaps for walks at least a bandana might help. I used to have one in the US.
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And, this is her favorite spot when the grill is running full blast.
Hope (of liberating a sausage or two) springs eternal?




I had the dogs out playing with the garden hose yesterday to cool them down...

It's funny: Try to give them a bath and they threaten to call Tierschutz. But get out the garden hose, or better yet the sprinkler, and they are in seventh heaven.
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

Thanks everyone for your input. I will try a cotton wet bandana for starters and see how it goes. I love the idea of a bigger bowl/tray to let the dog stand in shallow water and cool the paws, I'll give it a try if we go somewhere far from the river.

I am aware of hot surfaces and try to omit those during hot weather. For this reason, these days I tend to leave the dog at home rather than take her with me during the day (the beauty of living in a city... ).

As for following "the path of nature" -- I don't understand this approach. I see my dog not being able to fall asleep because of the heat and I should do nothing?
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

We have this cooling coat that was for our dog that we lost last year, we no longer need it as it is too small for our new dog, you're welcome to have it and see if it helps your little dog. It's a chamois type material, you soak it in water, ring it out and put it on your dog and it keeps them cool for quite a while. I think it's about 40cm long.
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Thanks! I'll send you a PM.
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

We got the vest from bigblue today. Unlike me, somebody is not so happy about it .

Thanks again, I'll post updates when we start actually using it.

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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

Over the last couple of years our dog has become far more tolerant of "cooling" - from previously being a "do not even think about getting me in the river to cool off" dog to "I'm off to stand in the river for a couple of minutes to cool off" dog.

Our theory is that she has finally figured out that if she cools off a bit she can get back to running around like a lunatic without feeling like she is going to die!!
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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

Another option:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYJrBDrr2BE

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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

My dogs didn't like the water much either and baths were most unwelcome, but after a while of repeated dunkings in fountains and general river walking they learned they feel a l.o.t. better after a swim, they regularly look for an opportunity for a swim now.

Maybe give it time and don't mollycoddle too much, she's a corgi she'll work out pretty fast she feels better after a dunkingswim, If you can't handle being a full on 'ogre', give her treat afterwards.

Also if you are even the slightest bit adventurous you'll find yourself in a situation where your dog looks too hot and a dunking is the best for them, so they might as well get with the program.

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Re: Cooling vests for dogs

I have been soaking a thin towel in cold water and wrapping it around the dog's neck or placing it directly on their back. It really helps in this heat. I have the blinds closed, and the curtains closed. Thick curtains absorb the heat well.


I have also put the fans which were on tables on the floor.


The pavement is too hot to walk down to the river so we might get a small kiddie pool and let the dogs cool off in it.


Weekend is going to get even hotter.


Our dogs are from Japan so they know all about heat but we have been back home for years and the dogs are much older now which is making tolerating the heat even harder for them.
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