News release from HTFx:
HTFx to donate cooling equipment to the Fort Wayne Police Department Canine Unit
HTFx to donate K9 Cooling Equipment to the Fort Wayne Police Department on Thursday, June 14 at 9:30 am at their Fort Wayne production facility, 1222 Progress Road. On hand to receive the equipment will be Sgt. Bob Theurer, FWPD K9 Unit Supervisor and some of the K9 dogs. They will receive K9 cooling vests, under armor cooling and a cool seat to help them throughout the hot summer months.
K9 health and performance in the function of a working dog is far more important than one typically realizes. Besides excellent sight and hearing, a working K9’s olfactory senses or â€˜nose time’ refers to the dog’s ability to effectively detect and track scent(s). Their olfactory senses are exponentially greater than the best mechanical detection equipment available today. Whether it is arson detection, human or animal scents, incendiary devices, drug, agricultural or other contraband substances, working dogs carry a tremendous burden as we depend upon their ability to cut to the chase and assist in the job. To date, working canines that are assisting our military personnel in the hostile desert climates are attributed to preventing so many deaths and disasters while on duty downrange in the Iraq and Afghanistan theater of operations. But, military working dogs are only one facet of working dogs. There are many who assist our local municipalities, county, state, federal and civilian organizations that play an important role in everyday life.
Often overlooked or misjudged, we humans expect the K9 to work uninterrupted when we place them in a compromising environment – hot summer temperatures. We dress for the environment, they can’t. They’re wearing winter coats. Their body doesn’t expel heat like we can. They have to expel the heat off their lung and bronchial areas through panting. When tracking with fast metabolic activity, they’re creating more heat. When panting, the dog’s olfactory senses are bypassed, similar to our breathing through our mouth when exercising hard. When panting, the olfactory senses are less apt to detect the scent, so scent detection wanes greatly with each ongoing minute of negative effects of heat stress.
Is there a solution? Yes! A technology, originally developed with the encouragement of the military after Gulf War I, works harmoniously with the body of a K9 to absorb the excess body heat that builds up allowing the body itself to work as normal as possible in the given situation. HTFx has a scientific technology that keeps your K9 safe. This space-age Heat Transfer Formula Exotherm is manufactured right here in Ft. Wayne. The technology is one-of-a-kind and runs the gambit of products. Completely opposite of how ice or gel works, this technology is not only “green and eco-friendly”, it is NEVER too cold and can’t cause frostbite.
This intelligent technology from HTFx targets a specific temperature that solves the “overheating or cooling” problem by simply and passively keeping the animal from thermal overload. For more information on HTFx or our thermal cooling technology, visit us at www.htfx-inc.com or call 321-724-1022 x 106.