The cooling pad is a durable mat that contains a non-toxic cooling gel that does not require water, electricity or cooling to be activated. The cushion will gradually cool down the dog's body temperature instead of the dog having to lie on a cold surface to cool off. The cooling effect is activated immediately when the dog is lying on the cushion. The temperature will be around 28 degrees and the effect will be for approx. 2 hours depending on ambient temperature. The cushion can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth and only needs to be air-dried. The service life of a cooling pad is approx. 2 years.