14 Essential Items to Keep Dogs Cool in Hot Weather

These items will help keep your pet cool and safe through the extra-long dog days of summer.

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April 23, 2021

Summer can be a scorcher, and if your pup loves being outside, then you need to take some extra measures to make sure he's properly hydrated and cool. There are plenty of smart ways to keep their paws, eyes and skin safe from harmful UV rays and heat while regulating their body temperature and keeping them comfortably cool. From cooling mats and bandanas to swimming pools and elevated beds, these buys will make summer adventures safe and fun for your four-legged friend.

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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.

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$9.99 - $11.99

This lightweight bandana keeps your pup cool and refreshed for hours. Just wet the bandana, wring it out, put it in the fridge for 10 minutes and fasten around your pup's neck.

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$14.99

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.

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$59.95

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 the sun, mimics sweat’s cooling effect when wet with cool water and features 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.

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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.

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Designed for flexible movement with safety in mind, this life jacket has a front panel with a flotation flap and thick, foam side panels to help keep their head above water. A durable, neoprene belly band and three adjustable straps with side-release buckles will help you get the best fit to help ensure comfort and safety for your pup. There’s even a D-ring for leash attachment so you can go from water to land in a snap.

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$48

Because cars weren't made for dogs, they often end up wherever they fit best. To accommodate their awkward size, they are dealt the short end of the stick when it comes to airflow. The Noggle 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.

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Set up a personal splash zone for your pup with an outdoor dog swimming pool. Made out of PVC material, this portable dog pool is easy to set up on any flat surface in your yard. There’s no inflating to get it play-ready — simply unfold and fill with water to give your dog a cool, chill spot that’s perfect for summer months.

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$29

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.

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$35

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. Safety note: Monitored swim and a life jacket are a winning approach for pet pool days.

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$15

For those times when your pup needs to hang in his crate, this powerful two-speed fan offers quiet, direct cooling. This five-inch fan fits most crates and carriers and features a compact folding design, making it easy to carry and store.

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$99

Give your pal a spacious home of his own with the Suncast Deluxe Doghouse. Designed for dogs up to 100 pounds, it’s built with durable resin construction and plenty of vents for air circulation to keep your pal comfy. It’s perfect for outdoor use and can be staked to the ground.

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$25

Stand-up paddleboards 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, 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.

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$30 (Pack of 4)

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.

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