Q: Will the Swamp Cooler work in humid environments?
A: Yes, although it works more efficiently where there’s more evaporation (i.e. drier climates).
Q: Will the Swamp Cooler work if it’s not wet?
A: The Swamp Cooler will provide SPF protection and sun reflection even when not wet, which will help keep your dog’s temperature down (like wearing white instead of black on a hot day), but for the evaporative cooling to occur, it needs to be wetted down, preferably with cool water.
Q: Should I put my Swamp Cooler in the freezer?
A: No. There are no crystals or chemicals in this product that require “activation”. Putting the Swamp Cooler in the freezer may degrade the material and cause the temperature shock to your dog. Just soak in cool water, wring out, and put around your dog.
Q: Will my dog be soaking wet after putting the damp Swamp Cooler on?
A: Not really. Initially their top coat may become damp, but the water in the Swamp Cooler will evaporate (cooling your dog!),so they will not be wet for very long.
Q: Can I use salt water to wet the Swamp Cooler?
A: While you can use ocean water, salt does not evaporate. If you do use salt water, make sure to rinse your vest out thoroughly after use. For best results, we recommend using fresh, cool water for optimal cooling and performance.
Q: How long will the Swamp Cooler stay wet?
A: Generally, 45 minutes to two hours depending on the climate.
Q: What’s the best way to recharge the Swamp Cooler?
A: Have your dog jump in a river, lake or pond. Second best? Pour water directly on the coat while the dog is wearing it.
Q: Will the Swamp Cooler work underneath a pack?
A: Yes, but not as well. The areas exposed to air will cool most effectively.
Q: How do I activate the Swamp Cooler?
A: Just soak in cool water, wring out, and put around your dog like this.