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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-06-2007, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Cooling pads?

This past weekend, I was reminded that it would be nice to have a cooling pad of some sort on hand, especially for the couple of dog shows we get every year in ridiculously hot weather.

Does anyone have a cooling pad that you let the dog lay on? Do you like it? Does it keep the hair from getting damp? I usually only see the short-haired breeds (mostly terriers) using them and it doesn't seem to matter of their coats get wet before showing.

Any recommendations on brands or vendors?
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I have one of the ones with the beads that you wet and freeze. It sounds great but Dora doesn't really like laying on it. It does get her a little wet though. So I don't have any recommendations. MY friend uses the ones you wrap around the dog for her pug. That seems to work better for her but Gizmo is usually wet afterwards.

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Amanda, I found directions on how to make the kind that you have, but I was reading the care instructions and it looks like a pain to clean since you can't wash or dry it and it was fabric (at least the directions I found). I was surprised how easy it would be to make.

Is the kind that your friend has the type that you dip in water and ring out that looks like a chamois? That's definitely the kind I can't do, but it sure looks like it works great for those other breeds that aren't long coated.

Thanks for the feedback even if you don't have recommendations. At least you confirmed my thoughts on those two kinds.
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My friend made mine too. I have never washed mine. I just let it dry overnight (it might mildew if you just left it in a bag). Dora prefers cool surfaces but I think she doesn't like the wet feeling on her. Also I have heard their most sensitive area is their stomach so hence she wouldn't want to lay on it.

I have seen other short hair breeds use the ones that wrap around them at a show but I think they dry instantly!

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I have seen other short hair breeds use the ones that wrap around them at a show but I think they dry instantly!
Yes, I think you're right. It wouldn't work so well on a Havanese that was blow-dried & brushed earlier though. Too bad!
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For my GSD's I use to freeze towels and put them in the bottom of their crates, but as they melt they do get the dog wet. I have been looking for some kind of battery operated fan to attach to the crate. But no luck so far.

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Are these the type that leave wetness? I've thought of getting one for the girls....

Body Cooler Pet Mat
* Cool your panting pup on warm days!
* Activated crystals stay cool for days


Made of non-toxic co-polymer crystals that absorb up to 400 times their weight in water. Airflow activates cooling. To use, soak in water for no more than 20 minutes, towel dry to remove excess water and hang dry for 30 minutes. No wetness or moisture of any kind will be next to pet's body. Re-activation only takes minutes and reuse as often as desired. Outdoor use recommended. Assorted colors

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Susan, is that the one that is about $9-15? If so, I think it might get them a little bit damp unless you put it inside of some type of cover. If the crystals absorb moisture, it just seems like there has to be a chance of them leaking moisture too. But, I don't know.
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Debbie, I meant to post that I see those at all of our dog shows. I'll find some online for you.
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I had the one that is in the Petedge catalog, it was blue and you soak it in water. I put it in the bottom of the crate, but none of my girls liked to lay on it, so they peed on it~!! (it had a real funky smell to it to begin with) I was so mad, and I had no choice but to toss it out~
I think it was Karen Pike that had one in Gridley, and she used it on top of her crate (it was soooo very hot that day) and her black girl looooved laying on it. Maybe my dogs are just nutso~~


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