Pet Heat Mat
When it comes to a Pet Heat Mat. It can be easy to assume our furry friends have all the protection they need from the cold and bitter months ahead. But like us it wouldn’t hurt to have a little bit of extra warmth and cosiness when we need it most.
Pet Heat Mat for Colder Months
The freezing cold elements of the winter months can mean discomfort. Our pets and a reduction in them wanting to head out during the day and night. With the increase in fuel bills. You wouldn’t want to be leaving the heating on constantly. Not just to keep them warm when they are in the house or heading for a sleep. The ideal gift for your furry little (or large!) family member would be one of Petnap’s heat pads. Essentially a electric blanket for your cat or dogs bed. It will warm up their little spot just perfectly for them. All ready from the return of their escapade outdoors and keep them cosy.
For some more information pay a visit to Petnap.co.uk for a heat mat that are perfect for the winter months ahead, and for other exciting and innovative ideas that will enhance the daily lives of your pets and help you feel confident you are doing your all for them.
Petnap can supply a range of heat mats from vinyl red fleece covered ones to Metal. The vinyl ones come in a range of 3 sizes starting from standard then large and giant. Our metal flexiguard range also have 3 sizes, these are mostly used by professionals. The metal flexiguards are found generally in catteries, kennels, vets and are also used a lot by full time breeders.
When it comes to a cost effective pet heat mat that is something else petnap certainly has you covered for. All our heat pads run on very low wattage, so low that you would not likely even notice that you had it plugged in 24/7. During the colder months most pet owners will have a heat pad plugged in continuously in the hope that when your cat or dog returns from the outdoors they can curl up in an area that is already nice and warm for them.
7 Tips to Safely Use a Heating Pad on Your Dogs
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Image Desc: A German Shepherd lying under the covers
When the weather outside turns chilly, everyone is tempted to stay indoors and curl up near a fireplace or get under the covers. During these times, don’t forget about your pet.
Your dogs also feel cold the way they do, but since they cannot talk, they are unable to communicate their concerns to you. As a responsible pet parent, it is your duty to ensure that your canine companion remains warm and toasty in the fall season.
There are many products in the market that can help your dog stay warm, and one of the most effective ones is a heating pad. Investing in a good-quality heating pad for your dog can ensure your dog remains healthy, comfortable, and happy during the winter season.
Tips to Safely Use a Dog Heating Pad
A dog heating pad is a device that becomes heated when it is plugged into a power source. Your dog can lie on the pad to ward off the chill. Keep in mind, though, that any device that involves heat and electricity (if you opt for an electrical heating pad) is not 100 percent safe for any animal.
That is why you need to follow a few precautions when using a heating pad.
Buy Only Good Quality Heating Pads
The safety of your dog is dependent on the quality of the heating pad. A high-quality heating pad will be made of strong and durable material and will have safe electrical components, preventing hazards. However, a cheap quality heating pad may compromise the safety of your pad since it is liable to get damaged quickly and may even be an electrocution and fire hazard.
As such, always opt for a good quality heating pad. Just because a heating pad is of good quality does not mean it will bust your budget. There are many dog heating pads available in the market that are of good construction and affordable.
Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions Carefully
Many of us have the habit of not reading the manufacturer’s instructions when we get a new device. However, this can put us and our pets at risk of many safety hazards.
When getting a heating pad for the first time, it is important to carefully read the instructions manual, which can offer you many beneficial insights, including:
- How the heating pad works
- How to set up the heating pad
- How high should the temperature be
- How long should your dog stay on it
- Other important safety instructions
Start on the Lowest Setting
There are some dog heating pads that come with temperature-control settings. When first trying out the product, it is important to set the heating pad at the lowest setting to see how comfortable your dog is. You can gradually increase the intensity of the heat if you think that your pup needs more warmth.
A higher setting may also be beneficial for older dogs who suffer from muscle aches and arthritis. As such, you can use the higher setting when your pet wants relief from the pain.
The interior of your home has a temperature of around 18 to 21 degree Celsius. In contrast, the temperature of your do heating pad can be between 32 to 39 degrees Celsius. It is important that you set the right temperature for your dog.
Dogs with a single coat and shorter hair might feel the cold more than dogs with longer hair, so they might benefit from a warmer temperature. However, keep in mind the temperature is not so high that it causes overheating or burns to your dog.
Always keep a close eye on your pooch to determine its comfort level.
Protective Electric Cord
Electric heating pads are powered with low voltage, so they are generally considered safe for your dog. However, you still need to take care of certain precautions.
If your heating pad is powered by electricity, you need to hide the power cord under the heat pad so that it does not become accessible to your pooch, particularly if your animal is inquisitive and is in the habit of chewing things.
Many heating pads come with armoured cords that are very durable. However, keep in mind that even these cords might not be enough to prevent your pup from chewing through them. As such, make sure you keep an eye on your dog when he is using the heating pad.
A dog heating pad can be dangerous if it is not used properly, so make sure it has safety features and do not forget to use them. Some of the features that a good quality heating pad will have is an automatic shutoff, which can prevent the heating pad from heating up too much.
Another safety feature is a water-proof liner or cover on the heating pad, which prevents water or dog urine from seeping in and damaging the electrical components.
It is also important to ensure that your heating pad is made from safe and non-hazardous material. Some cheap quality heating pads may contain harmful components like mercury and lead, which are toxic, so it is important to get a heating pad which is labelled as non-toxic.
Monitor its Use
No matter how safe your dog heating pad has been advertised to be. It is important that you keep an eye on your pup at all times when he is using it.
Your dog does not know what behaviour can result in a safety hazard and might chew through the fabric or cord of the heating pad to find out if it is a treat or a toy. This can lead to electrocution.
If you have an elderly dog who has chronic conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia, or spinal injury, a heating bed can reduce its discomfort. However, make sure you keep a close eye on your dog to ensure he does not get uncomfortably hot. An ailing dog may have difficulty getting out of the heating pad, so they need supervision at all times.
Dogs, like every living being, deserve to be warm and comfortable. As they age, they may require heat even more since they will need it to cope with their everyday aches and pain. The good news is there is a wide range of dog heating beds on the market. Reach out to Petnap today and choose the heating pad that is best suited to your pooch.