12 Essential Products to Keep Dogs Cool in Hot Weather
Summer is the perfect time to hit the lake, beach and park, but pet owners know it's just not the same without bringing Fido along for the ride. These items will help keep your pet cool and safe through the extra-long dog days of summer.
Drinks All Around
Taking your four-legged friend on the go is one of the best parts of being a dog owner, but it can present multiple challenges. Having to carry an awkward dog bowl around in a desperate search for convenient water sources is a big one. This water bottle with a built-in dog bowl lets you give your furball what they need without sacrificing your style or convenience. Perfect for hikes, runs or just a quick trip downtown.
Buy It: Amazon, $14.99
Because cars weren't made for dogs, they often end up wherever they fit best. To accomodate for their awkward size, they are dealt the short end of the stick when it comes to airflow. This product is here to offer them the same comfort you receive, no matter the season. This flexible hose installs easily on your car's air vent and carries the air all the way to your pet, keeping them cool in the summer and toasty in the winter.
Buy It: Amazon, $47.98
Fin-Tastic Safety Jacket
Some people find dogs in clothes adorable, while others find it, well...cringy. However, no one can deny that a dog in a life jacket is functional and cute as can be. Especially when that life jacket has a fin. That’s right! This doggy life jacket has a shark fin making your pup the bravest, safest and cutest pup in the water.
Buy It: Amazon, $24.99
The Perfect Hangout Spot
Dogs have built-in insulation which makes cooler environments perfect. However, in the warmer months, their coats harbor heat all day long. One of the best ways to counteract overheating is to ensure your pup is getting airflow on all sides. This breathable, elevated pet bed allows them to relax and chill inside or out, even in the dog days of summer.
Buy It: Amazon, $62.99
Pampered Pet Pool Day
Pets and pools can be a very fun combination. Once the excitement of jumping in the pool has worn off and it's time to relax, make sure your best pal has everything they need to succeed. Fresh, cold water, their favorite toy and this pup-approved pool float. Four out of four paws. Safety note: Monitored swim and a life jacket are a winning approach for pet pool days.
Buy It: Amazon, $34.32 - $50.50
If you’ve ever walked across a hot parking lot barefoot, it probably goes without saying that you didn’t make that mistake again. The same could be said for hot sand or even just a boat deck. The truth is, if these hot surfaces hurt our feet so much, then they are hurting our pet’s feet as well. Give your dog the protection he needs from the heat with these breathable and skid-resistant paw protectors.
Buy It: Amazon, $37.95 - $39.95
Stand-up paddle boards have exploded in popularity over the past few years and with good reason. They are relatively easy to master and don't require a huge investment to get out on the water. However, the best feature of a SUP board may be the ample space on the nose for a certain four-legged friend. Until now, the space was there, but the slick surface left your pup with little to hold onto. With this traction pad, a slip-free, self-adhering and water-resistant surface awaits them.
Buy It: Amazon, $35.99
The Cool Down
As usual, water is here to save your pet on a hot day. Only this time, no pool is required. Whether inside or outside, this cooling mat uses water to effectively cool your pet down while the orthopedic foam construction helps with arthritis, hip dysplasia and many other common issues. All this is made even better with a two-year warranty.
Buy It: Amazon, $42.47 - $69.20
Coolest Vest You've Ever Seen
You’re probably thinking, "Why would another layer on an already furry dog help cool them off?" It doesn’t make much sense at first thought, but once you consider that this vest reflects sun, mimics sweat’s cooling effect when wet with cool water and features a reflective trim to ensure your dog is as visible as possible, it's a no-brainer that this vest will make your dog the safest and coolest dog around.
Buy It: Amazon, $59.95
I Scream, You Scream
You thought you had seen it all, but now your furry friend can enjoy one of the best parts of summer right along with you. This doggy ice cream mix is specially formulated to work well with your dog’s digestion. Keep them cool with a fraction of the calories and fat of regular ice cream while still giving them the protein and nutrition they need.
Have It Made in the Shades
Just like humans, dogs tend to develop eye problems as they get older. Damage from the sun and harsh elements can play a large part in your pup’s ocular health. This summer, as you slide your favorite shades on, don’t forget to do the same for man’s best friend. These "doggles" make it easy with elastic straps and shatterproof polycarbonate lenses that block out harmful UV rays.
Buy It: Amazon, $13.99
Your Dog's Never Looked (or Felt) So Cool
Keep your furry friend cool even when the sun is brutal with this cooling collar. Just saturate the fabric with water, and it's ready to go. For a maximum cooling effect, place the saturated material in the fridge before use. This one also features a built-in leash hole, so you can easily slip the cooling collar over your pup's regular leash collar.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.99