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Ruffwear Swamp Cooler

After having this vest about a month, I am recommending Ruffwear's Swamp Cooler jacket for anyone who has been suffering from the unusual heat like we have been here in the Pacific Northwest. It has been brutal on dogs. (Today 104 degrees compared a normal mid-80's. Day after day, unrelenting. We were relegated to early morning walks and maybe post sunset trips to the park.

This product works two ways:

1) Soaked in water and wrung out, it dissipates the moisture though a permeable layer, basically cooling the dog the way our sweat does. The lower the humidity, the more effective it is. Lasts for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from my experience.

2) The surface is very reflective so a dark haired dog like most dobes don't experience the punishing solar gain.

Today I took McCoy out for a walk about 2pm wearing this vest. Mostly as a reality check. It was 101 degrees/humidity around 25%. Normally he would have lasted maybe 15 minutes before showing signs of minor heat distress. After 1/2 hour, I was so done and he wasn't even panting.

To anyone whose dogs have to deal with HOT weather. This is a remarkable product. Like all Ruffwear products, the execution is great.

I am not sure how well it would work on long haired dogs, but for dobermans, it is perfect.

BTW... No, I don't work for Ruffwear! LOL... But Iv'e been buying their stuff ever since they patented the collapsible water bowl years ago. I swear by their flotation vests.

Edit: Meant to mention that I bought it at a local pet store for $60

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Thanks for the info here in OK the heat index has been as high as 115 the humidity in the 70's it is brutal here hate it hurry up October.
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Another one that works really well is this one: K9 Cool Coats

The ones that work evaporatively don't always cool as well in the super humid areas, so if you are needing something that just reflects the really hot rays the coat above works great, as on a black or dark dog is really provides cooling (and can be wet down, too, for extra cooling). It's a special fabric used for horses, too, that reflects like and blocks UV rays.

I've also heard really good reviews of this one: Chillybuddy Canine Cooling Jacket. It's the same type of material I use in the covers for my car when we have to be at an outdoor trial and Richter is crated in the car and it really, really prevents the car from heating up as much, so I suspect it does work as described (and I know someone who has one for her dog and really likes it).

It's nice that we have so many options for helping keep our dogs cool now!


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Another one that works really well is this one: K9 Cool Coats

The ones that work evaporatively don't always cool as well in the super humid areas, so if you are needing something that just reflects the really hot rays the coat above works great, as on a black or dark dog is really provides cooling (and can be wet down, too, for extra cooling). It's a special fabric used for horses, too, that reflects like and blocks UV rays.

I've also heard really good reviews of this one: Chillybuddy Canine Cooling Jacket. It's the same type of material I use in the covers for my car when we have to be at an outdoor trial and Richter is crated in the car and it really, really prevents the car from heating up as much, so I suspect it does work as described (and I know someone who has one for her dog and really likes it).

It's nice that we have so many options for helping keep our dogs cool now!
I have both of these coats for the dogs. Both work extremely well. I personally think the Chillybuddy is slightly better. I soak the dog down and then put it on. It keeps the wet from drying too fast and the wet black dog is not heated up. Works great even doing bite work at Schutzhund training.
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I have both of these coats for the dogs. Both work extremely well. I personally think the Chillybuddy is slightly better. I soak the dog down and then put it on. It keeps the wet from drying too fast and the wet black dog is not heated up. Works great even doing bite work at Schutzhund training.
Thanks for the review, Donna. I have the K9 Cool coat so it's good to hear a review of the Chillybuddy, too.

Richter also has a beautiful evaporative wet coat from Working Dogs cool coats that uses chamois material...it's a bit fancier and flashy and he uses it at shows or for shorter time periods, or when I can wet it frequently. He looks fabulous in it!


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This weather is so strange the hottest summer in the PNW that I can recall! Thanks for the review on cooling vests, we tried the cooling mats and caved in and bought air conditioning for the bedroom for the dogs, but having something that they can wear would be even better!
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