keep your dog cool and safe this summer!
So I live on the extremely hot, humid and did I mention disgustingly hot NC coast. Which leads me to my poor doggy, who has a fur coat and overheats when we walk, or she gets hot playing outside.
It is so hot just walking outside feels like an oven, so! for anyone who has a doggy that is long haired especially (mine is short haired) or any coat length, they need help cooling.
There are products out there like this tutorial, but they will run you around 35.00 for the collar and the cool tubes (you can also use ice with this, actually recommend ice)
So instead of paying for a cheap mesh and material collar, with a few simple items you can make your own! :)
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I didn't get pics of all of the steps, but it is very simple. So, this is a pic of the things that you need! here is a link to he igloo re-usable ice. They can be cut into strips to freeze, but be careful that you cut between the seals, or it will leak and ruin the one strip.
I paid 2.98 at walmart, so check there before just buying from the site.
here is a close up of the mesh bag I used, it is like a $1-$2 at most stores or online.
Step 1. Cut the mesh bag in half.
Step 2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric of your choice to add to each side so you can put the velcro, as well as make sure it fits your dog's neck. Measure how long your mesh bag is and then add how long you need it to be. I added about 4 inches to each side in transformers cotton fabric, which you will see.
Step 3. fold your cotton fabric to fit the slick nylon side and sew on. DO NOT sew onto mesh, one side of your mesh will be left open, if you cut it in half horizontally, one side is closed and finished.
Step.4 After sewing on the sides, you will be left with what look likes this pic. This is NOT the side that will be on your dog.
Those are the strips I cut to freeze to slip into the mesh side that will be worn against the dogs neck. Remember you want the collar to be snug, not tight and constricting but not loose, that is why the velcro is wonderful, because you can adjust it.
Step 5. The velcro is probably going to be sticky, if it is not sew on and sticks, make sure you zigzag stick the velcro to ensure it stays on.
Step 6. You can slide the frozen tubes into the mesh as you see in the pic, or put ice cubes. The mesh IS what will be against the dog and that will help to keep them cooler and prevent heat stroke which kills hundreds of dogs a year.
I know I didn't get every step of the collar, but I wasn't sure how it would come out, but it came out really nice and if you have any questions, please let me know.
This cost me 2.98 for the freeze cube strips that I bought in the roll. I had everything else. Even if you buy the strips, the bag and the velcro, it should be under $10 instead of like 35.00
You could also use freeze pops if the collar is long enough for medium to large breeds, for small breeds these cut to size re-freeze tubes are the best.