Cooling pad and bladder

Doctor Brown, To keep our 14 year old black chow cool we recently purchased from a catalog a pad with a gel inside that keeps the pad about 5 or 10 degrees cooler than the room’s temperature. Last night was the first time he slept on it with his full body. Today, for the first time ever, he urinated in the car. Is it possible for that cooling pad to create a cold in the bladder? Thanks for your help.


Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
I think this is an unfortunate coincidence. I think it is great you are trying to keep your older pet more comfortable. However, did you find that he had a more difficult time rising after sleeping on the cooling pad? I would be concerned about stiffening of the joints, back and muscles with a cooling pad.


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