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 "When it is hot outside,Woofmasta Cooling Coats keep your dog cool and refreshed for up to 10* hours."
 

Woofmasta dog Cooling Coats from well known equestrian company Harry Hall are are soaked in water, the unique material keeps dogs cool for up to 10* hours. 

Enjoy cool dogs, not wet dogs!

The Woofmasta cooling coat to help dogs in hot weather, travelling in the car, at home, or even on the beach. Simply submerge your coat in water for about 3 minutes, squeaze it out and put it on your dog. The unique quilted material holds the water and as it evaporates your dog will keep cool. Dogs are prone to sunstroke and unlike humans and pigs who cook from the outside in, ie sunburn, the internal organs of dogs cook from the outside in, over heating dogs that can be fatal. The Woofmasta cooling coat coat can prevent heat stroke, and these coats are as fantastic for working dogs, military and police dogs as well as pet dogs and sport dogs. They are even machine washable (at low temperatures).

* The coat will stay wet for up to 10 hours based on average UK temperature, it may last less on extremely hot days and longer on cooler days. Once the coat is starting to dry out, just wet it again to keep your dog nice and cool.

 

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                     Karen Dulet explains in more details about the problems associated with heat exhaustion in dogs

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Summers always brings to mind things like holidays, picnics, boating on lakes and rivers, children playing in the sun and swimming in the pool or at beaches. Many times the family dog is right there with them, totally engaged in the activities. There is fun to be had for sure but there is also a lurking danger. Heat exhaustion!

Dogs love to get caught up with us in our summer fun. They live for these social activities and your companionship. Many times though they get so caught up that they surpass their own bodies' ability to cool off and will go into distress from heat exhaustion.

At this time their bodies overheat past their capacity to cool themselves by panting. If this left untreated, dogs can easily go from heat exhaustion to heat stroke which can be deadly. Recognising the signs of heat exhaustion in your dog is critical to his well-being.

When a dog is suffering heat exhaustion the first thing that you will notice is his tongue hanging out of his mouth to an unusual degree. His need to try to gasp for air and cool himself will cause his lips to pull back and expose his back molars. He will start to exhibit signs of stress which may show itself in pacing, circling, laying down and then getting right back up again, or he will have a glazed-over look in his eyes that denotes panic. He is panicking because his body is telling him that his temperature is rapidly rising to a point that he cannot cool himself.

You should always have a thermometer when you own a dog so that you so you can determine if your dog has an ailment and needs immediate attention. Body temperature is the best indicator of wellness or distress in your dog. Normal temperature for a dog, depending on age and outside temperature, can range from 101 to 103oF  (38.3 to 39.4oC). A dog whose temperature rises above these levels should be considered to be in danger and immediate action and veterinary care is needed.

In the case of heat exhaustion, the dog's temperature could go up quickly to over 104 to 105oF  (40 to 40.5oC).This signals there is a danger of heat stroke which could be fatal. Immediate action should be taken, even before taking the dog to the vet (possibly in a hot vehicle) The dog needs to be cooled down as quickly as possible but without shocking the dog's system. To do this, put cool water on his belly (not his back) where the vital organs are located. Get an ice pack or a zip lock bag with ice in it and apply it to his belly. Move him into the coolest spot you can find (an air-conditioned room, or if outside under a shady tree or in the shade of a building) . You will know when his body is beginning to cool down because his tongue will begin to slide back into his mouth a little as he breathes. A dog with heat exhaustion will often vomit which s the body's attempt to rid itself of anything which may prevent the cooling process. Do not give him water to drink right away as he will probably vomit; wait until he starts to stabilise and then offer him a short cool drink.

If you need to take him to the vet, make sure that the car is cooled down prior to putting him inside; being placed in a hot vehicle will cause the dog to relapse. Make sure you have a passenger who can continue to apply the ice pack to his belly during the journey, though if he has cooled sufficiently before the journey this may not be necessary. NEVER throw your dog into a cold pool or lake, as this will further shock his system and will cause further stress and possibly a heart attack. However, you can gently walk him into a pool up to his belly.

Whether or not your dog is prone to heat exhaustion has everything to do with his individual body makeup. Some dogs, like people, are better at cooling themselves than others. This could be due to body type, coat colour, coat type, being overweight, or due to physical malady. Paying attention to your dog's individual makeup is very important.

Ideas for keeping your dog cool and safe in the summer:

1. Provide adequate availability of cool fresh water that is kept in shaded areas.
2. Provide plenty of shade. Shade can be provided by overhead covers, trees, pop-ups, solid fencing etc.
3. Provide a child's pool with water in a shaded area for him to lie in.
4. Never leave him in a hot car or contained area where he cannot get to shade. Do not expect a crate or a dog house to provide shade. These enclosures can actually hold heat if left in the sun.
5. If the dog must work in the heat, use cooling pads, vests, and collars.
6. Always keep a thermometer on hand to take the dog's temperature if necessary.
7. Make sure you have ice packs in the freezer in case of emergency.
8. If the area the dog is in is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog!
9. If your dog is not allowed in the house at least crate train him so that you can bring him into an air-conditioned laundry room or other room of the house out of the heat.
10. Fans and mister systems that are easily installed and maintained and ideal for cooling both you and your dog. 
11. Consider reversing your dog's schedule in the summer. If he is crated at night during the winter, consider crating him during the day in the air conditioning in the summer and leaving him out at night.
12. Most importantly - be AWARE of his condition and activity in the summer months.

Some of the recommendations above will seem like common sense to some people. It is important to note that although this SHOULD be true, it is often not the case. We have had clients pull up in the summer and leave dogs in a hot car. When asked about it, they will often say "he's a dog, he can handle it." They are amazed that we are bold enough to tell them to get the dog out of the hot car, and we are amazed that they don't know better - and often these are professional people who should know better.

If I could make one recommendation to dog owners it would be to have a simple store-bought digital thermometer. This is the best indicator to you as to whether you actually have an emergency or you are over-reacting. This is true for heat exhaustion as well as many other possible maladies or virus situations. This one device could make the difference between life or death for your beloved canine companion.

Karen Duet is co-owner with her husband,George, of K-9 Companions Dog Training in Riverside, California. Having trained dogs for 30 years and authored four books on dog training subjects, she now promotes education to help the understanding of dog behaviour to the public, utilising print and media.

Her latest book: Dog Training 101 is designed for this purpose. Other titles she has authored include The Home and Family Protection Dog, The Business Security K-9, and Advanced Schutzhund which was nominated for a Maxwell Award in 2000.

For more information on this author or the book: Dog Training 101, contact Karen Duet at:

http://www.K-9Companions.com.

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