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Are Pet Cooling Mats Worth Your Money?



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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!

Thinking about investing in a pet cooling pad for your dog? 

I wrote this post 5 years ago about our experience with this product. 

At first, I wasn’t too sure about them but now, after just receiving our 3rd mat for Odin.  I’m a big fan!

Let me just say-pet cooling mats for BIG dogs are not cheap.

I’ve found that they range anywhere from $25-$80 and that what some companies view as large are really not all that large.

There are ones that you fill with water and ones that are filled with gel.

I finally settled on a pressure-activated pet cooling mat from The Green Pet Shop because many of our Newie friends raved about it.

When it first arrived in the mail I was super excited.

What Newfie doesn’t want a cooling mat in the summer?

This cooling pad is 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 opened up the box and had Sherman check it out.

pet cooling mats

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 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.


Are Pet Cooling Mats Worth Your Money?

Both the boys still preferred laying on the cool tile floor in the basement on super hot days.

But eventually, Sherman started to come around. 

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.

newfoundland dog laying on a cooling pad


How Does The Green Pet Shop Cooling Pad Work?

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. 

big dog standing on cooling mar

It is non-toxic and safe for pets, people and the planet.”

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.

Health Conditions That Pet Cooling Pads Have Been Known To Help In Dogs

  • Heatstroke
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Allergies
  • Post Surgery Conditions
  • Achy Joints/Bones in Senior Canines
  • Post Chemotherapy
  • Skin Conditions
  • Epilepsy & Seizures

Tips To Make Dog Cooling Pads Last Longer

Clean with soft cloth and mild soap.

Allow drying completely before storing it.

When not in use, store in a cool, dry place.

newfie sitting on cooling mat

If you’re planning to store the cooling mat for a long period of time, sealing the product in a plastic bag.

The Green Pet Shop Mat doers come with a 12-month limited manufacturer warranty from time of purchase with proper care so hold onto your receipt.

According to The Green Pet Shop, “This product is not meant for consumption.  While the gel is non-toxic, we always recommend taking your pet to the veterinarian if they ingest any part of the Cool Pet Pad.  In some cases, an allergic reaction can occur which can affect the health of your pet. “

If your pet is prone to chewing, DO NOT leave it unattended with the Cool Pet Pad.

It’s not a chew toy and they will be able to destroy it if left unattended. 

But to answer the question  Are Pet 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 it did take both the dogs time to use it.

big dog on cooling mat

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.

Do pet cooling mats 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 buying 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. 

Visit The Green Pet Shop for more information and products and use code BROWNNEWFS20 to save 20% off your order!

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 pet cooling mats 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. 

4/20 I’ve just ordered our 3rd cooling pad from the Green Pet Shop for Odin. 

I’ve been waiting for them to get back in stock for well over a month now and as soon as I got the notification, I ordered one. 

USE CODE: BROWNNEWFS20 to save 20% off your order!

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I think it is very useful if we buy a pet cooling mats for our pets, as some cooling mats have a function that can alleviate some of the problems that often occur in pets such as pain, swelling, discomfort, and stress.

Emma Lee

Sunday 18th of June 2017

Great post but please don't put cooling mats in the freezer. If you put anything frozen, i.e. towel out of the freezer around your pup or cool mat/towel out of the freezer for them to lay on, the frozen material or rather very cold temperature from this material, causes the dog's blood vessels to constrict. This makes it harder for heat to be lost. You want these cooling items cool but not cold and definitely not frozen. Luke warm to cool water on a towel or a cool mat used as is are perfect.

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