How a Dog Cooling Pad Works

A dog cooling pad is a product that’s manufactured to keep dogs cool in the summers. If you reside in an area that’s hot throughout the year, you should consider purchasing a cool pad, cool mat or cool bed to give your pet some relief from the heat. Although there are several companies that manufacture cool beds in particular, you should look for cool pads that don’t contain any harmful chemicals or toxic substances. Cooling pads that don’t require electricity are also easy for use. Since these cooling pads offer dogs a cool spot to sit or lie on, most pets become accustomed to the cooling pad within a few days of use.

How Cooling Pads Work

Although some cooling beds are powered by electricity, other cooling pads and beds have special foam and super absorbent crystals that hold a large amount of water. To activate the bed, you will have to first read the package instructions and then fill in, the required amount of water. After the super absorbent crystals soak up the water, the pad will have a vacuum packed appearance.

Most pads use the principle of thermodynamics to provide a cool sensation to the dog. Although the cooling pad doesn’t have to feel extremely cool on touch, the pad has to feel cooler than the dog’s body. Once the dog sits on the pad, the cooling pad will absorb heat from the dog’s body and dissipate it into the environment, thus keeping the dog cool.

Cool pads are now available in a variety of comfortable fabrics and are offered along with bolstered sheets and fitted sheets. Since these pads are convenient for use, they make an ideal travel accessory. Some pads offer joint support along with the features of a cooling pad. Such pads are ideal for pets that are recovering from surgery or dogs suffering from osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia.

Commercially Available Dog Cooling Pads

  • Fancy Paws Canine Cooler
  • Soothsoft Canine Cooler Dog & Pet Bed
  • Cool Bed 3
  • CoolBody Dog Cooling Pad

Tips for Pet Owners

If you have purchased a pet cooling pad or bed, you need to make sure that you follow the instructions listed on the package to obtain maximum cooling. Although these cooling pads are ideal for travel, they shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight. The pad should be cleaned according manufacturer instructions or it may be washed with a mild detergent and rinsed in warm water. After rinsing the pad, make sure it’s wiped dry. Cooling pads are most effective when they’re kept in places away from direct sunlight. Consider placing the pad in a room that’s cooler than other rooms in your home. Since your pet may take a while to get accustomed to the product, you should avoid forcing the dog to sit on the pad. Instead, play with your pet while sitting close to the pad, or use treats to lure the dog towards the product.

Dog cooling pads are also offered with a variety of colored covers to match your home décor. Make sure you wash these covers periodically and consider leaving the pad out at night, so that it cools down and works effectively, during the day.