“ Brand: Pets At Home / Type: Puppy Comforter „
When you first get a puppy, you are generally advised to put a hot water bottle wrapped up in a towel in order to help keep them warm and comforted, as if they are still beside their mother.
My mini schnauzer Sawyer is 14 months old now, but when I was first bringing him home, I spent an absolute fortune in Pets At Home buying puppy toys, beds, food, brushes etc. This Microwave Puppy Comforter was one of the first things I put into the basket eagerly - it seemed like a more convenient idea that a hot water bottle.
This comforter is part of the Buttons and Bear range that Pets At Home sell. Buttons and Bear is their puppy range, and the range also includes items like toys, blankets, leads and bedding.
The Buttons and Bear range is in beige and cream colours - the products look a lot like baby items (but these are much nicer as they're for lovely puppies rather than screaming babies!). They are all soft, in natural colours, and look sweet. This comforter is cream in colour, and in the shape of a bear's head. The bear's face and ears are a pale brown. It looks cute and snuggly. Size-wise, it was a lot smaller than I had thought it was going to be when I first saw it on the Pets At Home website - it's approximately 20cm long and 20cm wide. I expected it to be about half the size of an average cushion, but sadly not.
Inside the comforter is a small wheat sack which again is cream in colour. You can take the wheat sack out of the comforter easily, as it is secured inside by only a velcro flap of material. You heat the sack inside the microwave for 30 seconds, put it back inside the comforter, and put it into your puppy's bed to help keep them warm.
I put this into Sawyer's bed every night for the first few months I had him, to help keep him warm and give him some comfort now that he was away from his mum and his litter mates. Usually when I go into the kitchen in the mornings, he has thrown all the toys in his bed onto the floor, but he never did this with this comforter, so I can only assume he was quite happy to lie beside it. Amazingly, he never chewed it at all, which is saying something as he chewed everything else!
My friend has recently gotten a French Bulldog puppy and he pee'd over this. She was able to pop the comforter in the wash and stick the wheat sack in a sock instead until the comforter was clean again. Therefore it's convenient enough to clean if it gets dirty. As lovely as the Buttons and Bear range is, having the colours of cream and beige perhaps isn't practical for puppy products!
Now, someone on the Pets At Home website has said that the wheat sack in their comforter melted after being in the microwave after 30 seconds. I can only speak from personal experience when I say that neither I nor my friend have ever had a problem with the heat of this product - the wheat sack is obviously pretty warm when removed from the microwave, but pleasantly so. It is not overly hot or scalding whatsoever. Also, once you put it into the comforter the wheat sack itself will not come into contact with your puppy's body. If I had ANY doubts about the safety of the wheat sack, I would NOT have used it.
This costs £6.99 from Pets At Home. I think this is pretty reasonable as it's a cute product and will last a long time, provided your puppy doesn't chew it. I suppose it depends on a puppy to puppy basis.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN/RECOMMEND?
I would buy this again and I already have recommended it. Like I said before, it is smaller than I thought it would be, which would be my only complaint. Therefore this might not be suitable for larger puppies, but for most it would be fine.