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More Ways to Keep Your Cool

Herbsmith Athlete

- Not Just for Canine Athletes -

From the Herbsmith website:

Keep dogs hydrated during hot summer months…
Dogs need plenty of water, especially during the summer. Hot summer weather and active outdoor play can deplete a dog’s fluids. Help your customers’ dogs stay healthy this summer with Herbsmith Athlete.

For the athletic dog…
Like any athlete, time and stress take a toll on the body of the active dog. The depletion of the dog’s natural level of fluids may lead to fatigue, lethargy and decreased performance. Herbsmith Athlete is a combination of herbs used to balance the high energy, athletic dog. Rather than providing a short-lived boost of enthusiasm, Herbsmith Athlete functions by maintaining the fluids of the body and allowing the dog to attain peak performance. Herbsmith Athlete makes the dog as balanced as possible allowing the canine athlete to perform to the fullest.

To maintain fluids…
Because Herbsmith Athlete’s primary function is to maintain the fluids of the body, it can be used as a kind of “doggy sports drink” in dogs who live in consistently hot climates or who frequently participate in outdoor activities. You can use Herbsmith Athlete in all dogs during the summer months to ensure that they stay healthy.


Keeping Cool from the Inside Out

Along with the many product options we offer to help keep your canine cool from the outside in these scorching temperatures, switching to a cooling protein can be a good thing in the summertime.

The proteins in your companion animal’s food have a cooling or warming effect on their body. Cooling proteins consist of Rabbit, Duck, Clam, Cod, Crab and Scallop. Neutral proteins consist of Beef, Beef Liver, Goose, Pork, Pork Liver, Pork Kidneys, Pork Feet, Quail and Tripe. Neutral fish proteins are Carp, Catfish, Herring, Mackerel, Salmon, Sardines, Sturgeon and Tuna.

We carry many foods that contain cooling and neutral proteins from raw frozen diets to canned and kibble options, too. Stop in so we can help you keep your pet cooler than they already are this summer!


Swamp Cooler

Maximum cooling in the hottest conditions! Help your dog beat the heat with this innovative cooling vest. Just soak it in cold water, wring it out, and fasten around your dog.

Evaporative cooling (like an actual swamp cooler) exchanges the dog’s heat with the coolness of the stored water in the coat to keep him comfortable and ready to run that extra mile. Auto-lock buckles on each side of the jacket provide easy on/off.

Excerpted from the Ruffwear blog - August 2010

The Swamp Cooler vest.When the weather heats up, we often get asked, “Will the Swamp Cooler™ really keep my dog cool?”

It’s hard to believe that putting something extra on your dog may actually cool them down. But the principle is simple: evaporative cooling.

What is evaporative cooling?
When you first step out of the shower or a swimming pool, you may notice a cool feeling when your skin hits the air. This is evaporative cooling. In fact, every human being performs the function of evaporative cooling each day… through perspiration. When sweat evaporates, we cool down. If we move around, the air flow cools us down even quicker.

What is a swamp cooler?
Let’s apply the same idea of evaporation to other technologies; for example, a swamp cooler system in a house. A fan pulls hot, dry air through water soaked pads. The cooler air is then circulated through the house, reducing temperatures anywhere from 20 to 30 degrees.

Another simple example? Blow a fan over a piece of ice and notice the extra-cool breeze. You’ve just created a swamp cooler. It’s that easy!

How does Ruff Wear’s Swamp Cooler™ work?
The Swamp Cooler cooling vest works just like an “on-dog” cooler. By soaking the vest in cool water, wringing it out, and placing it on your dog, you are helping your dog to “sweat”…allowing evaporative cooling to take place as the cool water is exposed to moving air. The water heats up, vaporizes, and the surrounding air is chilled…noticeably cooling your dog. No more dashing from tree to tree seeking shade. No more hiding when the leash comes out. Your dog can beat the heat more comfortably. Try one and see!


Be Safe & Stay Cool this week!

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