Reduce your dog’s coat temperature by an average of 40% during hot weather with the Chillybuddy!
The Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket is a light-weight mesh cooling jacket designed specifically to help keep a dog comfortable in hot weather and reduce the effect of exposure to the sun. The jacket's outer layer is made of woven synthetic with an aluminized finish. The twisted strands of the fabric function like thousands of tiny mirrors, reflecting all wavelengths of light away from the surface. The jacket is lined with a cotton mesh. Both layers allow air to pass freely through. The cotton mesh liner can be wetted to provide substantial evaporative cooling. Unlike other wet jackets, the evaporation occurs in the shade of the outer layer, creating an unusually cool environment on the hottest days.
Hyperthermic Fact: Dogs have defective cooling systems. They lose heat only through respiration and their paws, and they don’t perspire like we do. The normal temperature for a dog is 101ºF to 102ºF. A dog is considered hyperthermic when his body temperature exceeds 106ºF. The mortality rate for hyperthermic dogs treated immediately by qualified clinicians is only 50%, due to irreversible changes in blood chemistry (JVIM, Ibid). In short, summer is hot, dogs are already hot, and there isn’t a whole lot of room (4ºF to 5ºF) between “doing fine” and “likely to die”.
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• Chillybuddy Cooling Jackets can significantly lower coat temperature and provides a shield from direct sunlight.
• On a 90° F day, wearing a Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket can lower the coat temperature from 145° F to 103° F, a reduction of almost 30%.
• Soaking the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket in water to dampen the cotton lining before use can lower a dog’s coat temperature by a further 20 degrees--from 103° F to 83° F. Cotton has been repeatedly shown to be the best fiber to hold water for evaporative cooling. Synthetic wicking fabrics are useless in this application because dogs do not sweat.
• For light-haired dogs, a Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket also protects the underlying skin from sunburn.
• Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket can protect coats of show dogs from bleaching by the sun -- which often occurs as summertime reddening or browning, especially at the tips of the coat.
• The Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket was field-tested in mountain terrain and open-field hunting.
• Available in Small, Medium, Large24, Large27, X-Large
How to Measure Your Dog for the Chillybuddy Coat:
• Place your dog in a standing position (standing squarely, head-up, looking straight ahead)
• Measure the circumference of the dog's neck at its widest point.
• Following the contour of the dog's back closely, measure from the base of his neck (the point where the neck joins the body) to the base of his tail (the point where the tail joins the body).
• Measure the circumference of the dog's chest, just behind his front legs, at its widest point.
The back length is the most important measurement. The Chillybuddy has space for adjustment in the stomach and neck straps, but it should completely cover your dog’s back. A bit of excess on the back length is preferred over the coat being too short. If you are unsure about your measurements or need ssistance, please contact us. Match Your Dogs Measurements to the table below.
Small Neck 15-18 inches | Back Length 19 inches | Girth 22-24 inches
Medium Neck 17-20 inches | Back Length 21 inches | Girth 22-29 inches
Large 24 Neck 21-25 inches | Back Length 24 inches | Girth 24-31 inches
Large 27 Neck 21-25 inches | Back Length 27 inches | Girth 24-31 inches
X-Large Neck 26-29 inches | Back Length 31 inches | Girth 26-34 inches
XX-Large Neck 27-30 inches | Back Length 33 inches | Girth 33-39 inches
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Does the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket really work?
Yes, six month of pre-release testing and a year of controlled market exposure have yielded zero performance complaints and a number of kudos. Our measurements show a drop in the dog’s coat temperature by an average of 40%. beyond that, our observations and those of completely independent observers testify to the behavioral and performance changes in the dogs. The fact that the Mid-Atlantic FEAM USAR teams elected to standardize on our jacket after testing is a strong confirmation, and our consistently satisfied customers and positive testimonials further attest to the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket’s effectiveness.
2) How does the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket work?
The outer layer reflects 70% of the incoming infrared radiation. The inner layer does two things: first, it prevents that dog’s body heat from reflecting back to the dog. Second, when wet it provides additional evaporative cooling for the dog. The outer layer reflective layer similarly protects the evaporative layer from absorbing heat from the sun and environment. The combination of physical effects is the basis for the patent claim and what sets the Chillybuddy clearly apart from every other dog cooling product. The jacket works better than other solutions because the evaporative cooling mechanism emphasizes open airflow rather than large amounts of water. Consider that if you are just a little damp and step into airflow from a strong fan, you are quickly cooled. But you can be dripping wet, and if the air is not moving, you won’t be cooled effectively. Air is 70% of the evaporative cooling effect; other jackets, in addition to missing the reflective protection, miss this key point.
3) Does the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket work inside?
Technically, yes. Even though the dog is not out in the sun, there is still some infrared radiation inside that will get reflected by the outer layer of the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket. Similarly, on a warm nighttime walk, the jacket can be very effective in cooling the dog. Infrared radiation is still bouncing around even though your eyes see darkness...the heat you feel is that infrared. On a 90 degrees pitch black night, the jacket will have the same effect as during the day. It’s also the best reflective safety jacket you can find, since it reflects more light than retroreflective materials.
4) Can I wash the jacket?
Yes, all Chillybuddy products can be either hand or machine washed. You can put them in the dryer, but only on tumble dry. Line drying is recommended.
5) It’s silver. Doesn’t attract the sun?
No. Physically speaking, there is nothing that attracts the sun, It seems to “attract” the sun because it’s so much brighter than the surrounding materials. But that is because it is actually reflecting the light back to you rather than absorbing it. Non-reflective materials absorb different parts of the spectrum of light, which is why they have certain colors (the spectra they don’t absorb are the colors we see them as). A flat black object absorbs all bandwidths of radiation, which is why black seats in a convertible in Arizona are not very popular! It’s also way the flat black coat on a Doberman is hotter than the shiny black paint on a car. The difference in surface reflectivity makes the difference, but both are very, very hot.
6) Does the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket need to be in the freezer before using it?
No. We recommend that you only get the jacket dampened when it is hotter than 80 degrees. Freezing will have a sort of instantaneous effect, but the low mass of the jacket will quickly go to the ambient temperature of the surroundings. The cooling is accomplished by evaporation as described previously.
7) Why is the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket different than the other cooling jackets?
The Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket is the only cooling jacket that combines multiple physical processes to first protect and then provide active cooling. The evaporative layer is protected from environmental heat, so it can absorb heat primarily from the dog, not from the sun pounding on it. Most important, while doing all of the foregoing, the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket does it with unmatched airflow. It’s also very important to note that use of just the reflective layer, as one jacket does, may actually be somewhat dangerous. Without the lining layer that is part of the Chillybuddy Cooling Jacket patent, the inside of the reflective layer actually insulates the dog by reflecting back the dog’s own radiated heat. Only with an internal layer to mask off the inside of the reflective material can the jacket be truly protective.