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Does your pet suffer in hot weather? Cool off your 4-legged friend with this DIY Dog Cooling Mat.
A few weeks ago we were thinking it was a chilly spring, and then summer temperatures showed up practically overnight. Our adorable Cocker Spaniel, Cooper, has been having a hard time dealing with the heat and humidity. He will go outside and lay in the sun for a few minutes, but he starts to pant right away. We like to camp and spend a lot of time outside in the summer, and of course, we always have Cooper with us. That means we need to help Cooper cool off in the heat. I decided to make him a dog cooling mat to lay on. I cool myself off with lots of ice in the summer, so I thought I would do the same with Cooper. Specifically, I decided to use ice packs. I wanted to create a pad with pockets to tuck ice packs into. I decided to use fleece because it soft and the edges won’t ravel when you cut them.
Dog Cooling Mat Tutorial
fleece fabric – I purchased 3/4 of a yard to use along with a scrap piece (approximately half that size) I had on hand. Get more or less depending on the size of your pet. You can also get enough of the same fleece to create your pocket strips.
soft ice packs – The ones I found measure 5″ x 7″. I purchased 12.
Fold your top fleece in half and stitch the edges together to form the pad. My pad measures approximately 32″ x 27″.
Lay the pad out flat and arrange the ice packs on top. Use this as a guide for cutting out strips to form the pockets. My pad has three rows of four, so I cut out three 32″ x 11″ strips of fleece.
Fold over just over an inch of the fleece and sew it down along the outside edges. This will form a lip in the top of the pockets to help hold the ice packs in place.
Pin the strips in place on the bottom side of the pad.
Sew along the side and bottom edges of each strip.
Lay the pad out with the bottom side up and lay out a row of ice packs. Mark sewing lines between the ice packs.
Sew along the marked lines, making sure to catch the folded under top edge to complete the pad.
Freeze the ice packs.
Tuck the frozen ice packs into the pockets.
Turn over the pad and put it down for your pooch to lay on.
Pet Cooling Pad
I’m very pleased with how the dog cooling pad turned out. I love the fun print and Cooper loves cooling off on it. Isn’t he just the cutest? We just love him so much!
Not only are we concerned about our dog keeping cool in the hot weather, we are also careful about what we feed him. That is why we reach for Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend. While Purina® Pro Plan® comes in wet and dry varieties, we give Cooper the dry Lamb & Rice Formula. This dog food is a tasty combination of crunchy kibble and tender shredded pieces. Cooper loves this dog food!
We purchase Purina® Pro Plan® Savor at PetSmart. They have a huge selection and variety of food for dogs and cats. There is a 100% complete and balanced Purina® Pro Plan® for each stage of your dog’s life.
Cooper likes to help open the bag.
How will you keep your pet cool this summer?