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You won't be surprised to learn that many people think that cooling a dog is easy - and certainly doesn't require much, if any expenditure. Sadly, they're wrong.

The lilac 'Keep Cool' coatOn this page we're listing the various 'alternatives' that we've had suggested to us - together with a comment or two about those alternatives. They really are not the same - and some will actually do more harm than good. In descending order of similarity:

Other 'cooling' coats

The material used in Keep Cool cooling dog coats is totally different from any other dog coat on the market. There are coats using similar materials available (usually at similar or higher prices), but none use the fabric used in Keep Cool coats. These inferior coats may: dry out too quickly; not hold sufficient water; when dry become brittle and crack; be neither durable nor comfortable when worn. Some may even make the dog wet (adding to the problem). The key to the product is the material - and the Keep Cool material is unique to the Keep Cool coat!

Rather than using a super-absorbant material, some competing coats use a process involving water-retaining crystals, sometimes stored in cumbersome packs which are inserted into the coat. These coats can be heavy. And the crystals can be poisonous.

No other manufacturer has a range of sizes as wide as ours - we have eight sizes, our competitors have three, four or five. The closer the size, the better the fit.

And no other manufacturer has a range of colours as wide or attractive as ours!

Chamois (Shammy) leather

This is the highly-absorbant type of cloth you'd use to wash the car. Because when wet it has the 'feel' of the material used in Keep Cool coats people think it has similar 'cooling' qualities. It doesn't. Chamois is a natural material; laying it on a hot dog will cause the dog to get hotter.

Conversely and disappointingly, the Keep Cool coat isn't much use for cleaning the car. (We've tried.)

A wet towel

This will create more problems than it solves. After briefly cooling the dog, the heat of the dog is then trapped under the wet towel. The water in the towel becomes heated - reflecting heat back into the dog.

A bucket of water

After initially cooling the dog, the water in the coat is heated by the dog - and creates a cycle of reheating the dog.

Do the wise thing - spend a little money on the best coat on the market: get a Keep Cool coat!

Last updated: 7 May 2013

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