The innovative design of the Guardian Gear® Cool Pup Coat
exchanges the dog’s body heat with the coolness of cold water stored in the coat to keep pets comfortable. Made of a lightweight and heat-releasing SPF fabric, this coat stays cool for up to 6 hours and features a layer of underlay foam.
The principle at work here is the powerful cooling properties of evaporation. Dogs don't have sweat glands and it's critical to not trap heat but to let the evaporation work its magic. The whole idea is to stay comfortable, and let the evaporation cooling process do the work.
The Cooling Vest continually pulls the heat out of the dog's bloodstream as it rushes past the veins in their neck. The coolness circulates throughout the dog's whole body and can keep their body temperature at a comfortable level all day long. They literally get cooled from the inside out!
Light-colored fabric is laboratory-tested at 115 UPF, which means that it blocks over 99% of harmful UV rays.
- This jacket is not too heavy and the ice packs are extremely lightweight
- A sporty cooling coat that’s perfect for dogs that may overheat in hot weather
- Jacket can be soaked in cool water to lock in a cool temperature
- Fabric is designed to exchange body heat from your dog with coolness in coat
- Each comes with removable, reusable ice packs (2-9 depending on size)
Back: Measure the length of your dog's back from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. See below for estimating by breed.
Note to Bulldog Owners and other dogs that are difficult to fit - Bulldogs are VERY DIFFICULT to fit. Once you account for their necks, and their girth, often the vests that are big enough around are too long for them. Also, many Bulldogs can't stand water, so they are a bad candidate for the evaporating cooling vest. If you are getting a vest for a Bulldog, we recommend the Guardian Dog Gear Vest. which just seems to fit them better.
The easiest solution, however, is to forget about a vest altogether and get them a medium or large cooling pad. There's no water involved, and dogs love them. Plus, you don't have to mess with the bulldog's unusual size. This is also a good solution for other dogs that are unusually sized.
Recommended sizing by breed
X-Small/BACK -10 in
Australian Terrier, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier
Small/BACK -12 in
: Boston Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Maltese, Pug, Silky Terrier
Medium/BACK -16 in
: Bichon Frise, Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Scottish Terrier
Large/BACK -20 in
: Brittany Spaniel, Bulldog, Collie, Schnauzer, Springer Spaniel
X-Large/BACK -24 in
: Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, RottweilerDog Cooling Vests Buying Guide
Back: Measure length of pet’s back from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. See below for estimating by breed.
Recommended sizing by breed:
X-Small/BACK -10 in Australian Terrier, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier
Small/BACK -12 in: Boston Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Maltese, Pug, Silky Terrier
Medium/BACK -16 in: Bichon Frise, Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Scottish Terrier
Large/BACK -20 in: Brittany Spaniel, Bulldog, Collie, Schnauzer, Springer Spaniel
X-Large/BACK -24 in: Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler
Why Do I Need a Dog Cooling Vest?
As we near the end of August, the days are still hot and humid – they don’t call them the Dog Days of Summer for nothing! There’s still plenty to do outdoors and your dog enjoys being outside, too. However, just as the heat affects you, it affects him as well. Dogs are susceptible to heatstroke just as their human owners are, so understanding the warning signs and being proactive in keeping your dog cool is key to keeping him comfortable and possibly saving his life in hot weather.
Heat Stroke in Dogs
When we get hot, we sweat. Sweating is how the human body protects itself from overheating. Dogs however, do not sweat. They only have sweat glands in the pads of their paws, which helps with some heat dissipation, but for the most part, they pant. Panting eliminates excess heat from a dog’s body. When panting isn’t enough, the dog’s body temperature rises and can be fatal if not corrected immediately.
What to Look For
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke in dogs presents itself in the following ways:
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive panting
- Increased salivation
- Bright red tongue
- Red or pale gums
- Thick, sticky saliva
What to do
If you notice signs of heat stroke in your dog, immediate action is vital. You have to get your dog’s body temperature down quickly to avoid brain damage, kidney failure, blood clots or even death.
- Get the dog out of the heat immediately.
- Wet him down thoroughly with cool (not cold) water.
- Increase air movement in the area with a fan.
- Check his temperature rectally every five minutes.
- Once his temperature has dropped to 103ºF, stop all cooling methods and dry him completely.
- Wrap him in a towel or blanket to keep him from losing too much heat.
- Even if he appears to recover quickly, take him to your veterinarian to be checked out. He could be dehydrated or suffer other complications.
Tip: Don’t try to bring your dog’s temperature down too quickly or expose him to extremely cold water as this could send his body into shock and present a host of other complications.
Heat Stroke Prevention
Here at Keep Doggie Safe, we are all about… well, keeping doggie safe. We like that old saying that goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In the case of heat stroke, this couldn’t be more true. Making sure your dog is protected from heat stroke in the first place is a smart move, and we have just the thing – Dog Cooling Vests.
Our KyperKewl Evaporative Dog Cooling Vests are super cool – literally! They work on the principle of the cooling properties of evaporation (much like our bodies do), to keep your dog cool from the inside out. These cooling vests are so effective, Good Morning America featured them on their show!
So, keep doggie safe from heat stroke by making sure he has a shaded, cool area to rest, plenty of cool, fresh water to drink, and is wearing one of our dog cooling vests. If you have any questions or need help with sizing, please call us at (877) DOG-IDEA. Keep Doggie Safe is dedicated to keeping your doggie safe.
- Submerge the entire coat into cold water. Make sure the removable cooling packs are in place.
- Wring out excess water and place in a freezer-ready plastic bag.
- Place cooling coat and the bag in the freezer for about an hour.
- Remove the coat from the freezer and the plastic bag, let warm up for 15 minutes then fasten around the dog.
- Make sure adjustable chest panel is fastened snugly against dogs chest.
- Coat remains cool for up to 6 hours.
- Remove jacket from dog when no longer cool. Repeat steps as necessary.