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Although we look forward to the warmer summer months, the hot and humid weather can be unbearable and in some cases dangerous for dogs. Fortunately, there are several products that can help protect your pooches from the worst effects of high temperatures. From cooling fans to sunscreen for dogs, these 12 products available on Amazon will keep your four-legged friends cool and comfortable, even when you’re in the depths of summer.
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1. A cooling mat for your pets to lie on during the summer
If your dog or cat doesn’t like hot weather, this cooling pet pillow will be their favorite place to relax in the summer, literally. It uses a non-toxic gel to absorb your pet’s body heat and reduce their body temperature, and our tester said their pet frequently sits on it throughout the day. The mat comes in multiple sizes, and the best part is that it doesn’t need to be frozen or plugged in to work.
Get The Green Pet Shop Cool Pet Pad for $84.98
2. A water bottle and dog bowl to take on walks
If you’re trying to pack light, you may not want to carry both a water bottle and a bowl for your dog. Luckily, this 2-in-1 water bottle has a silicone bowl attached, and you can just flip it upside down, let your dog drink, then fold it up for easy transport. The bottle holds up to 40 ounces of water for your pup, and it even comes with a wrist strap so you can keep your hands free.
Get the PupFlask Large Dog Water Bottle for $32.96
3. A durable toy designed for water play
Encouraging your dog to go in the water is an easy way to keep him cool. Kong toys are favorites of many pet parents, thanks to their durable design, and this particular toy is designed for water play. The Kong Aqua includes a rubber Kong with an attached rope, allowing you to toss it into the water for your dog to retrieve. The toy floats so your dog can easily spot it, and he’s sure to want to bring this toy whenever you go to the beach, pond, pool, or river.
Get the Kong Aqua Dog toy for $16.65
4. A dog pool
Like most of us, dogs are attracted to water when it’s hot. Of course, if your pet has never encountered a swimming pool, lake, river, or ocean, he might be hesitant to run into one. Luckily, you can introduce your pup to water in your own backyard with a dog pool. Unlike children’s pools, they are designed to withstand the paws (and claws) of our four-legged friends with durable materials.
Sold in small, medium and large sizes, this portable dog pool does not require an air pump. It is made of scratch-resistant and durable PVC. Equipped with freestanding sides, it’s super easy to set up, take down and store away during the colder months. The brand also claims that it has a non-slip bottom to keep your pup safe. Just keep in mind that as soon as you install this small pool, any visiting pets may want to jump in.
Get the Jasonwell Collapsible Pet Swim Pool for $49.99
5. Sunscreen specially designed for dogs
Humans aren’t the only ones who need to slather on FPS. Dogs are also at risk for sunburn and skin cancer, and hairless breeds and dogs with light or fine coats are particularly susceptible. Before you take the sunscreen, be aware that all ordinary products containing zinc oxide and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) are toxic to animals. Fortunately, there are several sunscreen products designed specifically for dogs.
My dog’s nose! The sunscreen balm is great for areas like exposed noses, ears and stomachs, and the brand also sells a body and coat spray. Looking for an extra layer of sun protection? Try the Playapup shirt that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
6. This cozy and refreshing dog bed
This versatile pet bed is the best we’ve tested and is perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Whether your dog wants to relax with you by your pool or needs a support bed for a sore back or paws, this is the choice you need. We loved the “inflated, removable, complementary bolster,” which added neck and back support for our senior canine friends. The mesh nylon cover is water resistant and machine washable, so you won’t have to worry about mold or bacteria growing. The mesh also allows for airflow calculation, which will help keep your animals cool as the days get warmer. The best part? You can assemble it without any tools.
Get the K&H Pet Products Original Bolster Pet Bed for $41.25
7. A clip-on fan for crate-trained puppies
If your dog is crate trained, this little fan can add some much-needed air circulation to his den. The fan easily clips onto the side of the crate and provides approximately 10 hours of operation before the batteries need to be replaced.
Get the Treva 5-inch Pet Crate Fan for $16.99
8. Our favorite travel waterer
Access to fresh water is the first step in heat management for dogs, and this is especially true when they are potentially dehydrated and exercising. If you’re on the go with your pooch, we recommend bringing our favorite collapsible travel bowl with you. We’ve reversed the clever design of the Dexas, which not only features a collapsible bowl, but also extendable legs. When stored, the super lightweight unit takes up just 1.5 inches of space. Fully expanded, it features a 12-ounce capacity bowl and a set of sturdy legs that allow it to stand about 5 inches off the floor. Not only do the legs prevent the bowl from slipping and bouncing around, while preventing detritus from accumulating in food or water, but they allow your pup to sip without squatting, which helps prevent stress neck and back pain and, perhaps most importantly, bloating.
Get the Dexas Popware Simple Elevated Loader for $14.98
9. A pair of protective booties
Your dog should not walk “bare-legged” on hot days, especially when the ground is warm to the touch. These paw protection boots are easy to put on thanks to the Velcro straps which are also reflective, and they will protect your dog’s paw pads from high temperatures and injury-causing objects.
Get the Bark Brite Dog Boots for $32.99
10. A cooling vest for heat-sensitive dogs
This popular cooling vest is a great option for scorching days and for particularly heat-sensitive dogs. Simply soak the vest with water before wrapping it around your dog. The process of water evaporation will help regulate your dog’s body temperature while the exterior reflective material deflects the sun’s rays.
Get the Ruffwear Lightweight Cooling Vest for $42.62
11. This insanely popular dog brush
While it may not be the most high-tech option on this list, the simple act of grooming your dog can help regulate the temperature. Brushing pets with coats can help remove excess hair and insulation and can help keep them cool. This brush has over 15,000 reviews on Amazon and owners say it does a great job of removing loose hairs.
Get the Hartz Groomer’s Best Combo Dog Brush for $7.95
12. An on-demand water source for your pup
The TrioGato dog water fountain combines playtime and hydration. It can be attached to a regular garden hose to create an on-demand water supply for your dog. You’ll have to get your dog used to the concept, but once they figure out how to use it, it will provide a constant source of water and hopefully fun.
Get the TrioGato Outdoor Cool-Down Dog Water Fountain for $46.98
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