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Best cooling vest?

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Shadow- *CGC*CL2*CL3- *

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Barked: Tue Mar 13, '12 2:59pm PST 
Shadow is currently in agility classes and next session and during the summer their classes are held outside. The classes are at night from 6-9 or so. It can still get pretty hot and Shadow has a tendency to get hot quick. I looked at the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler, but some say it didn't really help. What is the best one or your favorite kind?
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Barked: Tue Mar 13, '12 4:27pm PST 
I am just not sold on those cooling vests. I know people who think they are great but I have a breed that has a double coat and it seems to me it would make him hotter. I found if I can keep him cool in his crate between runs, using a fan and also a cool pad if needed, he is fine. I learned the hard way about getting him totally soaking wet. The poor guy, I hosed him completely and his coat acted as a sauna and I had to pull him from his run because he was just sweltering. So now I will let him lay in the pool to get his belly and legs and chest wet and that is it.
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Bianca CGC- TT HIC Thd- ♥

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Barked: Tue Mar 13, '12 7:06pm PST 
The problem with the cooling vest that you have to soak in water is they use evaporative cooling, and if there is a lot of humidity the evaporation occurs very slowly, so the cooling effect does not work very well... That is also what a "Swamp cooler" means, it's a cooling method using evaporation. This is also why people say a "dry heat" is not as bad because in higher humidity your sweat won't evaporate and cool you off as quickly.
So basically if you live in a place where it gets humid in the summer, the type of vest you have to soak in water to use probably won't be as effective.
That said, I have used a "Body Cooler" product called a Pet Wrap, where it soaks in water and these beads inside swell up and hold water, and it did provide some amount of cooling for my dog even though we have high humidity here. However I also stored it in the fridge when not using so that probably helped too. It also attached underneath the dog, so I think this helps too because coats that cover the back I think can make the dog hotter and also they have more blood vessels close to the skin on the stomach/abdomen so it provides faster cooling.

One type I know of that doesn't rely on evaporation is the RPCM Chillydog Cooling Vest. It uses a special substance instead which cools and stays cool, but it is contained in these cooling packs so the dog does not get wet. It also attaches under the stomach. I have one of these for Bianca and I like it a lot. The only downside is it is quite expensive.
Here is the link to the RPCM vest: http://www.helpingudders.com/cat-Cooling Vests-41.aspx

Another possibility is to use a coat that blocks or reflects UV, helping to keep the dog cooler by preventing the sun from heating them up. I know of one that does this and also you can wet it so it can provide some cooling by evaporation as well. So that might be another option, although again the evaporating may not work that well in high humidity you also have the UV reflecting effect.
Here is one product like that: http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product _ID=918&ParentCat=152


Oh yeah also if you're interested, here is a blog that reviews several cooling products for dogs (not mine):
http://dfdk9.wordpress.com/2007/07/15/summer-heat-study-2/

Edited by author Tue Mar 13, '12 7:08pm PST

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Barked: Tue Mar 13, '12 7:16pm PST 
I think if I was going to get a cooling coat, I would go with this type. I know the shades that we use work great, so the concept is good anyway.
http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.displa y&Product_ID=2909&ParentCat=152

This is what I have, and it works great as well as I have a fan I got at Home Depot that has a big battery in it and pushes alot of air through his crate, it really helps to keep him comfortable.
http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.d isplay&Product_ID=2859&ParentCat=525
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Shadow- *CGC*CL2*CL3- *

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Barked: Wed Mar 14, '12 5:17pm PST 
I think I will just go with a cooling mat then.
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