How do dog cooling mats work?
With the hot weather the UK has experienced over the past few weeks, many dog owners have researched things they can do to keep their dogs cool, comfortable and safe. This article explores dog cooling mats. If you’d like more information on other ways to keep your dog cool, you can find our article here.
Gel based cooling mats
Whilst not the cheapest option on the market, gel based cooling mats work by absorbing heat from your dog’s body. They are activated when your dog lays on it and cools itself back down when no pressure is applied. If opting for a gel based mat, it’s really important to consider buying one with non-toxic gel, just in case your mat becomes damaged.
Water based cooling mats
The cheaper option of cooling mats, they require cooling before you use it for your dog. Whilst some manufacturers say you can put them in the freezer, we wouldn’t recommend this as it can be uncomfortable for your dog, and may even cause shock due to the rapid temperature change.
Getting the most out of your dog’s cooling mat
As previously mentioned, dog cooling mats can be expensive (especially if you have a large dog) so naturally, you’ll want to maximise the lifespan of your cooling mat. Here’s the following steps you can take:
- Regularly clean (to manufacturer’s guidelines) to remove any dirt
- Keep your dog’s nails trimmed to avoid them puncturing the mat
- Check the ground for rough patches or stones; these may damage the mat and cause it to leak.
- Place the mat in a shady area; putting it in the sun will make the mat less effective.
Things to consider when buying a cooling mat
The first thing to consider is whether you actually require a cooling mat; if you have a destructive dog, it may not last too long! Additionally, if you have a tiled floor in your home, your dog will likely sprawl out on them, making the cooling mat surplus to requirements.
Another thing to keep in mind is the size of your dog, and therefore, the size of mat you’d need. If you have a toy breed, such as a chihuahua or teacup poodle, you’d only require a small mat. Smaller dogs also tend to cope with the heat a little better than larger dogs (unless obese), so it may be worth considering wether you require a mat.
If you have a larger breed, such as a mastiff or wolfhound, a small mat wouldn’t do much for your hot hound! Buying a large mat can be costly, so you may need to consider other options if the price is too much for you, such as cool, damp towels or a fan.
Ultimately, the choice is completely up to you when deciding on buying a cooling mat, and which would be the best for your dog.