Does that look like one happy dog or what? Summer for dogs means lots of fun in the sun (beach! hiking! farmer's markets!) as long as you take all the heat and exposure into consideration and find ways to keep your dog cool in summer. It can take just minutes for your dog to go from comfortable to dangerously overheated, indicated by signs such as excessive panting or becoming unresponsive. And it's not just heat but also high humidity, which can increase the chance of heat exhaustion in dogs. All dogs are at increased risk of overheating if they're not given adequate shade or another cooler place to relax.
So, when temps soar, it's good to have some supplies at the ready and we're here to help you find what's best for your own dog. From cooler sleep to chill clothes, these five inexpensive, easy and fuss-free things (did we mention just a bit chic, too?) will help keep your dog cool in summer.
Cooling Vests and Bandanas
Cooling Beds, Blankets and Mats
Dog Houses and Shades
Keep your dog cool in summer by making sure they are drinking at least the minimum recommended amount of water each day. Let's do the math for you—a 5-pound dog should drink about 5 ounces of water each day and a 50-pound dog should drink about 50 ounces of water daily. That means you need to have water on hand but the good news is there are plenty of options for portable water containers. Shop all portable dog water bottles here.
Learn more about the signs of dehydration in dogs.
A Few More of Our Favorites
It's easy to keep your dog cool in summer with any of the ideas above. Need a few more?
- Dog Life Jackets: Dog life jackets aren't just your pet’s new favorite Bark Week outfit; they also have just the buoyancy boost they need for on-the-water fun. Even good swimmers benefit from a life jacket.
- Dog Shoes and Boots: Your first thought might be winter, but hot pavement and sand can do a number on tender paws. Keep on hand.
- Dog Cooling Pad for Freezer: Keep this small, easy to store pad in your freezer for a quick cooldown. (Can also be heated in microwave for winter ease.)
- Dog Ice Creams: It's tempting to share your cone with your pup, but dairy and sugar are not good for their digestive systems. Treat them to a dog-safe, easy to make version.
Three Chill Toys We Love
Tumbo Torpedo Tommy Floating Dog Toy: Sturdy slingshot design lets you fire a tennis ball with ease. Great for lake or beach outings.
Frisco Floating Fetch Ball No Squeak Toy: Toss this into your travel kit for hours of fetch without "drives me nuts" squeaking!
Petstages Cool Teething Stick: While intended for teething puppies, this freezable teething stick also helps keep dog cool during those hot summer days.
Keep your dog cool in summer by planning ahead for the season and stocking up on the essentials we love (and use!). Remember that while it is fun to be outdoors with your dog, keep an eye on them to watch for any signs of overheating while playing or even just hanging out. If you see any signs of overheating, find shade and provide drinking water immediately and if symptoms persist or worsen, seek help from a veterinarian.