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*This post was updated on 4/18. Please see below for an update on how much our cooling pad gets used!
Sherman and Leroy have been testing out a pet cooling mat that we got about a month ago.
I purchased this pet cooling mat so this is not a sponsored post. I’ve been wanting one forever so I finally bit the bullet and ordered one.
Let me just say-pet cooling mats for BIG dogs are not cheap. I’ve found that they range anywhere from $25-$75 and that what some companies view as large are really not all that large.
I finally settled on a pressure-activated pet cooling mat from The Green Pet Shop.
A $50 Groupon that a little birdie told me about got me a really good deal on this for $15.
It was a steal.
When it first arrived in the mail I was super excited.
What Newfie doesn’t want a cooling mat in the summer?
It’s supposed to help cool the dog in warm weather and it claims that it can “aid in the relief of pain, swelling, discomfort, and stress, as well as the following conditions: heat stroke, hip dysplasia, Cushing’s disease, allergies, post-surgery, skin conditions, post-chemotherapy.”
I immediately had Sherman pose on the cooling mat the first day it came.
I thought for sure it would be love at first feel for him.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Sherman was not at all impressed by the pet cooling mat and actually avoided it for a few weeks. I even put it in some of his favorite lounging spots and he stopped lounging in them.
Leroy was just the goofball that he is.
He was more interested in rolling on and rolling off of it.
He would lay on it if it was there but he didn’t go seeking it out.
Both the boys still preferred laying on the cool tile floor in the basement on super hot days.
Eventually, Sherman started to come around though.
I placed the mat by his favorite spot to lay in the front room BUT down a few feet.
He eased his way onto it more and more every day and now he does actually seek that spot out when he’s gracing me with his company in the front room.
He actually started to use it more when I clipped the hair down on his belly.
And the mat is now dirty with dog dirt which I can easily wipe off.
I’ve sat on it and I can feel that it’s cool. It’s not freezing my butt off cool but it’s definitely cool.
It’s weight or pressure activated; “as soon as your 4 legged friend lies down the cooling effect starts.
It will cool for up to 3-4 hours of constant use and will last for years.
It recharges itself automatically after a brief period of non-use.
It cools for 3-4 hours of constant use and recharges automatically after a brief period of non-use. It is non-toxic and safe for pets, people and the planet.”
But to answer the question Are Dog Cooling Mats Worth Your Money?
I think that’s all up to your dog.
For us, it has turned out to be well worth the investment but keep in mind that dogs are creatures of habit.
Many dogs don’t like it when their world is shaken up by a new thing in their favorite spots. Some dogs may eventually come around and some may not.
Does it cool a dog better than a tile floor?
According to my dogs, it’s about the same.
They will still seek out a nice cool ceramic tile in the basement on a hot summer day but they also use the pet cooling mat if they are upstairs.
When I asked around on my FB page a few weeks ago it seemed like more people said that when their dogs had a choice to use a cooling mat they did not.
However, if put in an area like a crate where the dog has no say in it, the dog did not protest.
I wonder if it has to do with has much of a cooling effect it has on certain dogs.
Like I said earlier in the post, Sherman seemed to use the cooling mat more when I trimmed his belly hair. Maybe he couldn’t feel the coolness as well through all that hair?
If you’re considering getting a pet cooling mat but are on the fence I would seriously start looking around right now for deals.
The end of summer and beginning of Spring would be a great time to buy and I’ve seen a couple of places have flash deals. Keep your eye on Amazon .
Edited 4/16. I just bought another one of these because Sherman lays on it constantly.
It took a few weeks for him to warm up to it BUT he loves it now!
We fold it up and put it in the freezer to make it extra cool and use it in the car too!
Can’t say enough good things about it now that we’ve had it for a while.
Edited 6/17. Both cooling pads are still being used!
The one that we bought 2 years ago seems to of lost some of the cooling effects and it got hard so it might be time to get another one but the boys are still laying on it.
We use them year-round.
5/19 After having this product for 4 years, it seems as though they last for about 2 years.
I still think it’s worth the price.
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