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Hot Cold Therapy Pack Options for Dogs, Cats

It’s such a bummer that Bella’s Pain Packs are no longer available! What’s a Tripawd to do?

When and How to Use Heat and Ice Therapy

On our most recent Tripawd Talk Radio podcast, Veterinary Rehab Benefits for Three Legged Dogs, with Lisa Saez, PT, CCRT from Dalias Doggie Rehab tells us the best way to use hot and cold therapy on animals:

People are always very confused about this. Some people get stuck in the idea that you should ice the first 48 hours and then heat the area afterwards and that can be appropriate but it’s not the only answer.

I generally tell people that heat is best if something is tight, it’s sore, and ice is best if something is inflamed or swollen. But one things most people don’t think of is ice is fabulous for muscle spasms. It will shut off or decrease the blood flow to that muscle and it actually helps to break up the spasm better. Whereas if you use heat on that sometimes it feels better intially but then the pain comes right back because you’re sending blood to a spasming muscle.

How long to leave it on?

Generally for around 12-15 minutes is enough. Some dogs that tolerate either well, some dogs that tolerate one or the other. …Many times there still is a gray area. I usually tell people that if one doesn’t work, try the other. Unless something is severely inflamed and you don’t want to use heat on it, in most instances there’s not a problem of trying one or the other. I give a guideline of which to try first but it one doesn’t work, try the other. There is a lot of individuality between dogs or even humans on which works better for each person or dogs.

Well, here are a few hot and cold therapy packs for dogs and cats, whether they’re recovering from amputation surgery or nursing an injury. If you try any of these let us know how they work. Meanwhile we’ll keep pestering Bella’s Pain Pack people to start making their ingenious product again, we hope you will contact them too!

Hot and Cold Dog Therapy Wrap Pants

Hot and cold therapy wrap for dogs
Provide soothing relief and comfort for your canine
Includes two removable buckwheat packs

Hot and cold therapy wrap for dogs Provide soothing relief and comfort for your canine companion with this therapy wrap that fits like a pair of pants. Ideal for older pets with hip and joint problems or those suffering from arthritis, the wrap includes two removable buckwheat packs that can be placed directly in the microwave for hot therapy or in the freezer for cool comfort. Adjustable hook and loop straps secure the fit, while pockets on either side keep the therapy packs in place.

Fur Pets and Fur People Hot / Cold Pack

A wireless, reusable, environmentally friendly, hot pad / cold pack. The natural grains contour to your body and help the pack stay put, and the flannel cover makes this pack as soft and cuddly as your favorite pair of pajamas! They also make great bed warmers, are safer than corded heating pads because there are no cords to trip over, and the heat slowly dissipates so no chance of overheating. Available in scented, with just a hint of clean, relaxing lavender for herbal aromatherapy, or unscented for those with allergies or other sensitivities. Made in USA!

Kumfy Tailz Warming/Cooling Dog Harness

The Kumfy Tailz Thermal Harness is a revolutionary new way to keep your dog comfortable and safe in hot or cold weather. It incorporates patented gel-pack technology, similar to hot/cold therapy packs for humans, and every harness includes a removable, reusable Kumfy Pax gel pack, which can be frozen or microwaved over and over. Simply grab a Kumfy Pax out of the freezer – or pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, and insert it into the harness pouch before walk or playtime. The Kumfy Tailz harness is specifically designed for canine physiology. Unlike people, dogs exchange most of their heat in the cardio-thoracic region (the chest and belly area). Our harness was created especially to put the thermal element directly over this region, for maximum warming/cooling benefit. Kumfy Tailz products are designed in the USA, in consultation with a licensed veterinarian, and are thoroughly tested. The patented Kumfy Pax UltraGel is non-toxic and reusable for years, as long as it’s not torn or punctured. Additional Kumfy Pax are available for purchase separately.

Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad

Safe and soothing warmth
Non-electrical; simply heat up in your microwave
Plate-size pad easily fits under your pet’s bed
Provides up to 10 hours of safe and soothing warmth
Non-toxic thermapol compound

Allow your pet to snuggle up with up to 10 hours of safe, soothing warmth with the Pet Supply Imports SnuggleSafe Heating Pad. The plate-size pad contains no electric wires to worry about. Just place the SnuggleSafe inside your microwave, select Full Power, and set the timer according to how many watts your microwave pumps out. See the included chart for watts and times. When the microwave has finished, leave the SnuggleSafe inside for another minute. The non-toxic thermapol compound inside the pad retains heat for up to 10 hours. Do not exceed the recommended heating times. Overheating can damage the SnuggleSafe and may cause injury. Do not allow pets to bite or chew it. Ideal for newborn, convalescing and elderly pets.

Slumber Pet Thermal Cat Mat

This cozy mat features a lightweight core that actually reflects pet’s own body heat back to the animal. Provides soothing comfort to cats, kittens, aging pets, nursing females, or animals recovering from illness or injury. Machine-washable pad features a leopard-print motif that reverses to solid black berber fleece. Machine wash in cold water on gentle cycle. Line dry. It includes a hangtag. Available in beige color. Measures 22-inch length by 18 1/2-inch width.

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