Review of the Scruffs Dog Cool Mat
Scruffs Cool Mat for Dogs
We recently received some fantastic dog cooling mats from Scruffs, which they kindly sent for free in return for a review on our site. All opinions remain our own! Having read about cooling mats and done our research before, we were interested to get our hands on some and test them ourselves.
A dog cool mat aims to help keep your pet cool during the warm summer months. Dogs can be prone to heat stroke, as they do not perspire, panting is their way to expel heat. Elderly, infirm or short snouted dogs can be particularly vulnerable in the summer time. Heat stroke can become a lethal condition within a very short space of time.
Of course, dog cooling mats haven’t been around forever. There are plenty of ways to keep our furry friends cool during the summer without the need for another product.
However, for a relatively small budget you can obtain a really useful product. I have heard they can have multiple purposes including a nice rolled up cooling pillow/foot cushion for us humans, if we can get a look in – or even a computer cooling mat!
What are Dog Cooling Mats?
On the whole, dog cool mats tend to be pretty similar, a gel filled mat with some extra foam padding and a durable water resistant cover. The mats work by absorbing the heat from your pet and dissipating it from the mat. There are other cooling mats around, such as water filled ones. The cons of these were I found them pricier, they appear less convenient and prone to bursting!
We are really impressed with the mats Scruffs sent us, so read on to find out what our canine friends think too!
What do Scruffs say about the Dog Cool Mat?
Filled with a non-toxic gel the self-cooling mat will be typically 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature.
When in use, the mat will maintain its cooling properties for approximately 1hr depending upon the environment. To reset the mats cooling properties simply leave unused for 1hr, there is no need to freeze or refrigerate.
The Scruffs® Cool Mat can be used alone, with an existing pet bed or in a pet carrier. To clean the mat simply wipe the cover with a cloth and soapy water, then rinse with clean water before use. Available in four sizes, including x-large, the Scruffs Cool Mat is great for dogs that like to sprawl.
The price of a medium mat is RRP £24.99.
What do our Canine Reviewers Think?
We have two happy dogs summer-ready now thanks to these mats. We were sent large size mats.
Firstly, Sally finds that her Springer spaniel has really taken to the mat, it looks comfy, and is a good size for her dog.
Overall she commented that:
It will be great in the hot weather, good to take on holiday, you could put it into the dog’s bed.
They are happy with the price, and would recommend the product to others. Great!
Jamie took a cool mat for his Cockapoo pup Wilma. Cutie Wilma now prefers to use the mat like a bed! It definitely has room for her to grow into. Jamie feels the mat
does everything it sets out to do, and I didn’t notice a time when it wasn’t cool…I found no reason dog owners and lovers wouldn’t want to get one.
Again, Jamie felt the mat was good value for money and would happily recommend to others.
Both our reviewers have used their mats for more than two weeks before we wrote up their feedback, and so far, so good. Any negatives? Only that “the packaging looks a little outdated!”. Well, we think that could be forgiven, for a great product inside.
All in all, we’re converted to the idea of a dog cooling mat for the summer months. Even in the unpredictable UK weather, there are, fingers crossed, some long sunny summer days to come, so consider a cool mat for your 4-legged friend.