Cooling Dog Bandanas
Cooling Dog Bandanas
On a particularly hot summer’s day recently (which sometimes feel a bit rare!), we felt that the dogs must be feeling the heat too and decided to do some research into a cooling dog bandana as an assistant to other cooling methods.
What is a Dog Cooling Bandana?
A cooling bandana is essentially, a trendy looking cooling accessory, worn around the dogs neck will help to cool the neck and chest areas. Being lower than the dogs body temperature means it will absorb their body heat and aid temperature regulation.
Some cooling bandanas use cooling gels – like those in cooling dog mats, some use special fabric technology.
A cooling bandana is a localised method of helping to cool a dog. It won’t protect from heatstroke on its own.
That said, it may be a handy adjunct and provide some comfort in the heat, and won’t break the bank, so if you want to try one, have a look at our 5 choices below.
5 Best Dog Cooling Bandanas
#1 ALL FOR PAWS Chill Out Dog Cooling Bandana
Just soak the all for paws cooling bandana in water for instant relief in the heat. It helps remove the heat from your dog while providing a cooling effect on the skin.
This cooling bandana has an attractive ‘water ripple’ design, and fastens easily round the dogs neck with velcro.
Made from non toxic materials and comes in 4 sizes. It does the job and at a very affordable price point.
#2 Dog Cooling Bandana
Unlike bandanas which use cooling gels, this lightweight collar is made from a cool touch breathable polyester. All you need to do is soak the bandana in warm water, wring it out, chill it for 10 minutes in the freezer, and put it on.
It works by evaporative cooling and heat reflection, wicking away heat from your dogs body. It is very practical, with a hole for the leash attachment and it allows for full range of movement, making a great accessory for active dogs.
There are 3 sizes available, and although one of the more expensive products in our list, it’s definitely one to consider.
#3 Cooling Bandana For Dogs, Pet Adjustable Cooling Collar
This handy collar uses a fabric collar with an absorbent inner layer. To use, all you need to do is submerge the collar in cold water for one minute and wring it to remove excess. You can then put it on straight away or pop it back in the reusable plastic storage tube (included) to use later on.
It has a practical velcro strap and comes in two sizes. Another affordable cooling bandana option to consider.
#4 Lautus Pets Dog Cooling Bandana Collar
Using modern microperforation and cooling fibre technology, the Lautus collar is easy to prepare. One minute submerged in cold water, wrung out and velcro fastened around the neck.
The top later is microperforated, with the under layer made of cooling fibre, which combined, help keep your dog cool whilst wearing.
The bandana is lightweight and also machine washable. Available in 3 sizes and all for a very reasonable price.
#5 Dog Cooling Bandana Chill Out Collar
These self cooling gel collars come in a pack of three! Made of a durable oxford fabric outer, it is safe and non toxic. With a D-ring attachment and a clip fastening, this collar can actually be attached to a lead which makes it a practical cooling solution.
Although they are self cooling, a few minutes in the fridge first will enhance their effects which can last several hours. A 3 pack should help cool your dog all day.
Available in 2 sizes, the collars are adjustable and should be suitable for most dogs, but do check sizes first.
A good value for money product which looks good too!
Keeping Your Dog Cool In Hot Weather
There are other ways of keeping your dog cool which should be prioritised in the hot weather:
- Hydration – water should be available at all times
- Shade – stay out of the sunlight where practical
- Avoid going out in the heat of the day
- Don’t walk your dog on hot pavements
- NEVER leave your dog in a car, not even for a minute
- Take him for a swim or let him play in a paddling pool
Other ideas for keeping cool in the summer can be found here.
Signs Of Heatstroke In Dogs
The RSPCA lists the following warning signs of heatstroke in dogs:
- Panting heavily
- Excessive drooling
- Lethargy, drowsiness, loss of coordination
- Collapse or vomiting
It is important to administer cooling first aid to your dog and get him to a vet as soon as possible.