Cooling Coats for Dogs

Some breeds of dogs cannot tolerate hot tempuratures very well.
Some breeds of dogs cannot tolerate hot tempuratures very well. (Image: Apple Tree House/Lifesize/Getty Images)

There are many breeds of dogs that can’t tolerate the heat of summer. Other dogs may have medical problems that require them to be kept in cooler temperatures, or perhaps age doesn’t allow them to be quite so active when the temperatures soar. Whatever the reason your dog doesn’t seem to act like itself in hot weather, there is a solution to its problem. Cooling jackets for canines help keep your dog from overheating when the mercury climbs too high. Several manufacturers now make these protective jackets to shield your pet from the effects of the heat.

Cool K-9

This jacket uses water-absorbing crystals inside the material to keep heat away from your dog. The jacket fabric wicks the heat away to keep your dog cool. The coat should be soaked in water before putting it on your dog to activate the heat absorbing crystals. An added benefit of the jacket is its red and yellow reflective stripe's nighttime visibility. The jacket converts to an insulated jacket when it is used in cold weather. Cool K-9 jackets are sold at various retail and online pet stores.

Most dogs will benefit from a cooling jacket for walking and play time.
Most dogs will benefit from a cooling jacket for walking and play time. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Blue Willow Dog Coat

These coats are made of chamois fabric that the pet owner soaks in water before putting it on. The material is very absorbent and holds water well, keeping your dog cool when it gets too warm. The simple design sports Velcro closures or plastic buckles underneath and in front. They come in a variety of colors and trims and there are sizes to fit all dogs.

Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket

This futuristic-looking coat's lightweight fabric has a silver metallic appearance that reflects the sun’s harmful rays to keep your dog cool. The jacket has a liner made of a cotton mesh material that can be soaked in water for additional cooling power. Chillybuddy cooling jackets are also great for dogs with light colored fur; it protects them from sunburn in addition to keeping them cool. There are two styles of Chillybuddy cooling jackets to choose from. The Chillybuddy Casual is good for playtime and walks, or the Chillybuddy Sport for running and more active dogs.

Cool Vest

This jacket uses evaporation to help keep your dog cool. The lightweight material is soaked in cool water and can even be placed in the refrigerator for up to 15 minutes for added cooling power. The jacket lining is waterproof to keep your dog dry. Cool Vest is available in different sizes for a perfect fit and uses hook and loop fasteners that do not stretch or wear out with time.

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