With summer approaching, the temperatures are about to heat up fast. However, summertime can be both a fabulous and dangerous season for dogs. Depending on age, physical activity, breed, and climate, it can be extremely easy for dogs to overheat on the warmer months (read this blog for emergency measures you can take if you start to see signs of heat stroke).
The good news is, there are plenty of items you can buy for your dog to manage the heat and stay safe in the sun. Here are some of our favorite hot-weather essentials that can help keep your dog cool this summer:
When it gets hot, you buy the right gear for yourself to keep cool and perform at top notch. But do you have the same gear for your dog? Cooling technology is widespread in the pet industry, but one of our favorites is the Jet Stream by Ruffwear, which provides cooling through evaporation. Just soak it in water, wring it out, and place it on your dog in high temperatures. This vest is the sleaker, less bulky version of the Swamp Cooler by Ruffwear, and is great for dogs who are uncomfortable wearing heavy clothing.
This bandana is a must-have for the summer months. Just simply get it wet by running it under cool water and wrap it around your dog’s neck. The bandana will remain cooler than the ambient temperature and keep your dog comfortable as the heat soars.
Feed your dog ice cubes as treats when it’s extra hot. Most dogs love to chomp on ice cubes and will consider them a treat. A few ice cubes every hour in the heat is a great way to keep them cool and keep it fun. If you start to notice your dog getting really hot, place the ice cubes behind your dog’s ears to cool him down faster.
Travel Water Bottles
Travel bowls are easy to pack and carry with your while you are outdoors with your dog. There are many different options out there, but best to choose one that is collapsible and can fit easily in your bag so you remember to take it!
Popsicles for everyone! Puppies love a cool treat on a hot day. And the good news is, you can easily just freeze yogurt or peanut butter into a Kong and take it with you in the summer. But if you are looking for some more DIY ideas, check out these easy recipes for cool dog treats – cheeseburger pops, kale bones, and more.
Portable Swimming Pools
Experts say that a dog pool is the quickest way to cool down a dog and keep him/her comfortable during the hot summer months. If you don’t have a backyard where you can fill up a portable pool for your dog, you can purchase a cooling mat that can easily be used indoors instead.
When it’s just 77 degrees outside, asphalt in the sun can be as hot as 125 degrees. Musher’s Secret is a dense, barrier wax that provides protection from extreme conditions – including hot surfaces. You just spread this on your dog’s pads and rub it in for protection from the heat (or cold).
What other hot-weather essentials do you love for your dog?