Summer is around the corner and that means more time outside with your best friend. It also means it’s time to keep in mind that hot days, lots of running around, and the sun can be harmful to your dog. Aside from making sure that the paws don’t get scorched on the hot pavement and making sure there’s a lot of cool water to drink, there are a few other ways to beat the heat this summer.
Some dogs love water and others like to cool their paws off after a good game of tag. Instead of your dog digging in the water bowl or finding that mud puddle to roll in, why not get a pool? Guardian Gear Dog Pools are made of extra-tough PVC that folds down completely for transport and storage.
The Dirty Dog portable dog bath features a collapsible frame that fastens for storage. Both of these are more durable than a standard kiddie pool and since they are collapsible, you don’t have to worry about it taking up space in the garage or attic during the winter.
Spiffy New Neckwear
Dogs release heat through their paws and pant. Their skin can become very warm to the touch and on days when it’s hot and humid, your buddy could use a constant chill pack.
The Cool-It Bandana is made with nontoxic polymer crystals absorb up to 30 times their weight and stay cool for several hours. All you have to do is soak it in water for 15 to 20 minutes and then place it in the fridge to chill. Don’t’ squeeze it or the polymer crystals can break and leak. It’s great for when you’re out hiking, walking, or in on a car trip but not recommended to be worn during play time with other dogs as it could get ripped.
Does your dog like to hang out outside but needs to alternate between a sunny spot and a shaded spot? If so, you may want to consider buying a hammock with a canopy. PuppyWalk Ultra Breezy Bed is made of canvas and resists mildew and UV rays. It can be hosed off to clean it and helps keep dirt and debris off your dog as he lays out in the yard. The canopy protects and shades your dog from the sun and is cooler than a regular pillow or blanket since it allows air to circulate underneath rather than hold your dog’s body heat in the fabric.
Have a safe and happy summer with your dog and don’t forget to keep plenty of cool, fresh water available!