The ThermLow Cooling Short Vest has been designed for those that wish to concentrate on cooling down the body core temperature and the length is 65% of the standard ThermLow coooling vests. When providing the measurements for your dog, please enter the FULL length of your dog and your vest will be made to 65% of the measurement provided.
The Cooling Vests are made from a soft lightweight PVA foam fabric that absorbs and retains water. The coat will stay moist and cool for several hours (dependant on weather conditions) however your dog will remain dry. The evaporative process activated by the cool fabric allows your dog to cool down more than the outside air.
The cooling vest slips over your dog's head and has an underbelly strap which covers the chest of your dog and allows the body core to cool down too. This provides for a more efficient cooling process.
Why does my dog need a cooling vest?
Unlike humans, dogs do not have efficient cooling systems and so they can overheat easily. Dogs try to regulate their body temperature by panting, or by perspiring through the pads of their paws, as they have almost no sweat glands like humans. However, dogs can only expel a small fraction of a their excess bodyheat in this way. Using a cooling vest can therefore help your dog maintain a normal body temperature.
How to use the vest
To use the ThermLow cooling vest simply soak it in in water and then wring out so that it is moist but not dripping. Slip it over your dog’s head, tuck the underbelly strap between the dog's front legs and bring the straps up and secure the hook and look fastenings. If the coat starts drying out, simply re-wet it to maintain the cooling effect.
How long does the vest stay cool?
This depends on the outside temperature, but generally it will stay cool for a few hours. If the vest starts drying out, simply re-wet it to maintain the cooling effect.
Made to Measure
This item is a Made to Measure item. Please click here for guidance on measuring your dog.
The price of the Made to Measure vest is based on the FULL length of your dog.
When providing the measurements for your dog, please enter the FULL length of your dog and your vest will be made to 65% of the measurement provided.
Please do not enter a shorter length in order to get a cheaper price as the vest will be made to 60% of the measurement provided, and if you enter a shorter measurement the vest will not fit your dog properly and made to measure items are non-returnable.
- First please enter the measurements in centimetres for length, girth, and neck size.
- Then please choose the size range that the length of your vest falls into so that the correct price for your vest is selected.
Please use the Additional Information text box to provide any further information that you may feel to be useful. For example if your dog is particularly deep chested you may wish to provide the chest and waist measurement too, or if you have a broad dog you may wish to provide the breast measurement.
Please measure your dog carefully as Made to Measure vests are non returnable, unless the item is faulty or there is an error on the part of Freckles Designs.
Caring for your vest
The vest can be stored wet for short periods of time in the plastic bag provided, for example if you are going out for the day. Do not store your vest in the plastic bag for a long period of time as mildew may occur. When not in use, fold the vest up while wet, and it will dry and can be safely stored away. DO NOT try and unfold it when dry - when you are ready to use it again, rewet it and it will become soft and supple again.
If required, the vest can be machine washed at 30 degrees celcius or hand rinsed in cool water. Do not use conditioners or softeners.
Please allow up to a week for your ThermLow Cooling Vest to be posted to you. You will receive an email notifying you when your vest is on it's way.
I bought two custom sized cooling vests around 4 years ago, one for my Shih Tzu and the other for my Leonberger. They have made such a difference to how my dogs cope on warm days, we do various dog activities which need us to be out when it’s a little warmer than I’d like. Being able to re-wet as required through the day means they get the full benefit at all times. My vests have been terribly abused from being thrown around in the car, chewed by the dogs, etc. but have stood up to it all brilliantly. I can’t recommend them highly enough.