Friday, November 13, 2015

#LiveGibStrong Epi-Tip & Cooling,Calming Collar Review

Gib looking spiffy in his "Too Cool" Calming Collar
Today’s Epi-Tip is all about keeping an Epi-dog cool. One way is by using a cooler collar. I use them not just in the summer when our north eastern temps soar, but I also will put one on Gibson any time I think he appears agitated or warm as a preventive measure. Post-seizure, it’s also very important to bring an Epi-dog’s temperature down. In addition to placing cool packs (or frozen peas and a frozen loaf of Italian bread like I used when Gibson had his first seizure six years ago), including on the small of the back right under the neck, a cooler collar helps tremendously to bring a dog's temp down, or keep him cool to begin with. 

Today, I’d like to tell you about a really cool cooler collar, and a collar to help reduce stress ~ all filled with natural herbs ~ made by Calming Collars that I had the pleasure of test driving. Gibson is pictured above relaxing with the custom purple (I selected for K9 Epilepsy awareness) "Too Cool" cooling collar. I love the bow "tie" look! These collars are hand-made in the U.S.A., custom ordered to your selection of width, fabric color and type of collar (or all three!) And...Calming Collars will ship anywhere in the world!

Cooler collar on left ~ calming collar on right.

All of their collars use “quality herbs and ingredients,” and, notes owner of Calming Collars, Deborah Mendez, “Even if eaten, they will not harm your pet.” Now that's good news!

The collars each come packaged so nicely in their own air-tight zipper lock bag:

The three types of pet collars by Calming Collars are:
  • Too Cool - a cooler collar to keeps pets cool.
  • Calm Me Down  - herbal collar reduces stress & anxiety
  • Good to Go – a collar to help anti-motion sickness

The “Too Cool” collar is made up of polymer crystals that expand when wet to help keep the wearer cool. These collars are so easy to use. You simply soak them in cool water in the sink, wring out, and clip around the dog’s neck. I love this collar. Or should I say, Gibson loves this collar!

 And once it dries out, you can simply rewet it again! Tip: Place a wrung-out wet “Too Cool” collar in a zippered freezer bag and keep in your freezer for a great “cold pack” post-seizure.

 Gibson loves his "Too Cool" collar!


 Wolf just chillin' in his "Calm Me Down" collar!

The “Calm Me Down” collar is based on aromatherapy. Deborah recommends, if possible, to, “put the Calming Collar on 20 to 30 minutes before a stressful event” to "get ahead of the stress.” I used mine for Wolf (above) because he has anxiety issues. I found that once I placed this on him, he settled down and the anxiety seemed to just melt away.  And it smells (p)awesome! 

Many Epi-dog parents also seek calming aids with their dogs that have seizures, and this is another possibility to discuss with your vet. While essentials oils can be helpful with a myriad of issues and conditions, with an epileptic dog there are certain oils that can be a trigger for seizures, among them are rosemary and eucalyptus. There are no essential oils in the Calming Collars, just a blend of natural herbs. 

“The Calm Me Down blend is filled with lavender, chamomile, and balsam. No essential oils or fillers, just the actual dried herbs,” explains Deborah, who also offers the following advice. “Some may want to run it by their Vet if they have concerns about trying something else.” 

Calming Collars in the News!


Whether you choose the Too Cool,  Calm Me Down, or Good to Go collar, there’s a great selection of colored fabrics to choose from. And sizes feature single channel, double channel, or extra wide widths. The extra wide works really good for the Too Cool collar, which is what I have for Gibson, and I have the double channel Calm Me Down for Wolf. All collars are made to order, so they are always fresh! Check out all the pretty fabrics, sizes, and details of the three collars at

These stylish, all-natural Calming (and Cooling) Collars gets a happy Husky top “four-paws” out of four-paws rating!

 Woo! We’re excited to bring you a coupon for 10% off your collar order, compliments of Calming Collars! To receive your discount, be sure to type in FiveSibes10 in the coupon code box!

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It's also our FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop! For today's trip down Memory Lane, I picked a "cool" shot of the four of my FiveSibes running in the snow from several years ago! When you're a Husky, cool is the name of the game!

Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-host, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box. We hope you'll come join us!

We're also hopping on the Pet Parade Blog Hop, so be sure to pop by and visit the host's, cohosts', and hoppers' blogs, too!
Hosted by Rascal and Rocco with co-hosts Bionic Basil, Barking From The Bayou, and Love Is Being Owned By A Husky  


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  1. Thanks for pet parading! I love the idea of a calming collar. Bentley is so anxious during storms and riding in the car. I hate strapping him into his anxiety coats. They are hot and uncomfortable. This could be a great alternative.

    1. Our pleasure, M.K.! Wolf really seemed to enjoy the calming, too! Nap time, anyone?! ;-)

  2. Loving the idea of calming collars! Interesting!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  3. What a fantastic idea! The calming collar would be great for my dog. It's great to see you at the Pet Parade! ~RascalandRocco