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The products Cool Medics manufacture are constructed from a patented three-layer fabric that by combining hydrophilic fibers into a fibrous batting core and a thermally conductive lining, will provide cooling after allowing the product to soak in water for no longer than 10 to 30 seconds.
The water activates the cooling process by charging the fibers with moisture and creating an environment for evaporation. Evaporative Cooling works on the premise that when water evaporates from a surface, that surface becomes cooler because heat is expended to change the water from a liquid into a vapor. A nice breeze on a hot day cools us because the current of air makes perspiration evaporate quickly. The effectiveness of the products is based on its ability to absorb heat from the body and release that heat to the outside environment. The water that is absorbed by the batting material provides a heat transfer medium for this effect. Thus, the products are capable of providing evaporative cooling, a principal means for body cooling.
Their animal blankets and jackets are also widely used for heat stress reduction in horses, dogs and Llamas. In horses they have especially found that it helps those afflicted with anhidrosis. Anhidrosis is the inability to sweat, and can affect all breeds of horses at any time of their life. It varies in intensity but it can be detrimental to animals that cannot control their own temperature.