Due to the warm weather, over the past month, we have seen an increase in the number of calls received involving cooling mats. These mats are available in various sizes for both cats and dogs and are used to try and keep pets cool in the warm weather. With the weather improving, we expect to receive more calls regarding these products.
There are two main types of pet cooling mats:
- Water-filled beds – which need to be manually filled with water, and stay cool for an average of 5-7 hours.
- Pressure activated cooling pads – which work by phase transition and do not require freezing. They are designed to radiate the heat back into the air or floor surface, keeping the animal cool.
Generally, these products are considered non-toxic. The cover is usually a wipe-clean plastic and the phase-changing mats usually contain a gel comprising of sodium sulphate, cellulose and water.
Whilst toxic effects are not expected from ingestion of pieces of cool mat, there is a potential risk of obstruction if multiple pieces or a large piece of material is ingested. Most pets can be observed at home, with advice to the owner to return if there are signs of possible gastrointestinal obstruction.
If you do receive calls from owners regarding cooling mats or cool packs, you can refer them to our owner advice service, Animal PosionLine (APL) on 01202 509000.