Summer is here which means fun, sun, and adventuring with your dog. Although both hounds and humans love warm weather and sunshine, it is extremely important to stay protected from those powerful summer rays. We’ve put together a list of products that will help keep your pooch hydrated, cool, and safe so that they can enjoy the months filled with sunshine and warmth to the fullest.
Before diving into our product guide here are some crucial tips to keep in mind for your dogs when the temperatures are high and sun is shining bright.
Don’t leave your dog in an unattended vehicle. On a 75-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can climb up to 115 degrees within an hour. Even with the windows down, a dog can easily overheat if left in these conditions. If you need to run errands, just leave your pup at home. It’ll save you the trouble of worrying about your dog while you’re out.
Avoid hot surfaces like asphalt
The sole’s of your pups paws can be very sensitive. If the asphalt’s too hot for you to walk on, chances are it’s too hot for your pup too. Map out other areas to walk your pup such as grassy parks, dog-friendly beaches, or woodsy trails. If your dog is particularly sensitive, cover his paws with pet booties so he can stroll comfortably. We have some great options to protect your pups paws in our product guide!
Make sure to supply lots of fresh, clean water. Hydration is one of the most important keys to keeping your dog safe on hot days. Bring a supply of fresh water for your dog when you go out. Always bring a portable bowl and water bottle for your pup when you’re out adventuring in the sun.
If it’s > 85 degrees, leave your dog at home
Sitting at the beach and baking in the sun is something humans enjoy, but it can leave pooches severely dehydrated. Even if you feel like the heat is bearable, remember, when dogs are exposed to moderately high temperatures over an extended period of time, their bodies might be unable to cool down.
Dogs don’t always know their own limits. If you can tell your dog is breathing more rapidly or having some trouble keeping up his normal pace, slow things down and allow him to cool off. Outdoor activities are great but, instead of playing in the blazing afternoon sun, try tossing a ball around after the sun has gone done and the air is cooler.
Despite their furry coats, dogs can still be exposed to and damaged by UV rays. Coating their fur and skin in doggy UV protectant sunblock will help prevent burns and keep them healthy.
Even if your dog enjoys to bask in the sun it is important for Fido to have a shaded area to retire to. Invest in a proper outdoor shelter for your pooch whether it’s a pup-up tent, an awning, or a big tree – make sure your dog is able to get out of the direct sunlight.
Below you will find 15 products that will greatly help keep your pup protected during the hottest months of the year.
1. Cool Wrapz Bandana, $10
This should be an essential accessory for your puppers on hot days . To activate it, run it under cold water and it will instantly stay cooler than the ambient air temperature outside. Wrap it around your dog’s neck for instant relief on a scorching summer day.
2. Pawz Dog Boots, $14
Especially key for city dwelling hounds these disposable rubber dog boots will be a game changer for walks in the summer when the asphalt is unbearably hot. Your pooch will dare to go where bare feet fear to tread. The rubber is thick enough to offer serious paw protection, while still flexible enough to allow a full range of motion. Even if your hound hates boots, he’ll dig these sock-like slip-ons.
3. Dog Life Vest, $30
Whether your taking Spot to cool down at your friend’s pool, a dip in the lake, or playing in the waves at the ocean this doggie life vest will keep him safe. Made by the folks at BH Pet Gear with the American Kennel Club’s stamp of approval, this water vest straps on securely and comfortably without interfering with your dog’s movement.
4. Lavender Pawstick, $10
This protective balm stick for your dog’s feet will keep your pups paws soothed, soft & protected from exposure to hot surfaces in the summer. Made by the folks at Opie & Dixie, the Pawstick puts their signature Healing Paw Balm in a super-convenient stick form. Certified USDA Organic, it’s full of the good stuff: almond and olive oils, shea butter, aloe vera, beeswax, and more. Soon, you won’t be the only one with a lip balm addiction!
5. Nomad Travel Bowls, $25
Don’t ever leave home without these Nomad Travel Bowls from Dublin Dog! Easy to pack and carry, easier to set up, these lightweight bowls are perfect for keeping your pups hydrated away from home.
6. Cooling Mat, $40.00+
This self cooling mat will provide up to 3 hours of cool, refreshing comfort for your pooch from the sweltering sun. It’s portable and durable so you can take it with you anywhere you go. Bring it with you on walks or to the beach for an instant cool down for your pup.
7. Lavender Paw Balm, $15
Another great paw product from Opie & Dixie this lavender paw balm will sooth your pup’s pads if they’ve been over-exposed to hot asphalt or other harmful surfaces.
8. Travel Towel, $15
After romping around and cooling down at the lake or ocean your pup will be soggy, salty, and covered in sand. Clean after playtime with this microfiber travel towel for dogs. The super-absorbent fabric is great for drying off and the fibers whisk away whatever gunk your pup may have collected. Made by the fastidious folks at Messy Mutts, it’s big enough for thorough cleaning, and it has two sewn-in pockets to get a better grip while towelling off. Once your pup is pristine, it also folds up into the included carrying pouch. Say goodbye to muddy car seats! 🙂
9. H2O To Go Bundle, $36
As mentioned keeping your dog hydrated on hot days is a top priority. This water bottle & bowl bundle should be #1 on your hot day pup pack. The strong body is covered in classic Bark & Co doodles by Dave Coverly, and thanks to the double-walled vacuum sealed construction, it keeps liquids hot or cold for 24 hours. The rollable, foldable water bowl is made from food-grade silicone for a light & strong container you can take (and fill) anywhere. With these two thirst-quenching treasures in your pack, you and your pup are ready to set off for a fun-filled summer adventure!
10. Canvas Pet Tote, $160
Give your dog a break and avoid heat exhaustion with this versatile tote bag from Love Thy Beast. Floored with a sturdy footpad and secured with a clip for harnesses and collars, this bag is designed with your mutt’s comfort and safety in mind. When it’s too hot to bear and your pup has just had enough this tote will provide comforting relief while in transit.
11. Charcoal Filter – 360 Fountain, $12
Keep your pup’s water supply clean and potable with charcoal filters. Each replaceable cylindrical tube features a convenient pull-tab, granulated carbon for long-lasted filtration, and a duo-density polyester pad to capture debris. Science!
12. Floating Fetch Ball, $10
Cooling off will be so much more fun with this Waboba Fetch Ball! This bouncy bad boy skims surfaces and floats on waves for a grrrrreat game at the beach, lake or pond!
13. Petego Umbra Portable Pet Tent, $119
This portable pup up tent is perfect for adventures where you’re unsure if there will be shade. Whether you’re planning a day at the beach or your taking your pooch camping this tent will provide shade from the sun wherever you plan to adventure. It’s easy to set up and break down and has durable mesh vents that are claw proof.
14. “Woof” Canvas Water Bottle, $21
Save space in your hiking bag and leave your bulky water bottle behind. This water bottle is covered in riveted heavy canvas, the rollable, foldable inner pouch holds about 26 US fluid ounces of water and is perfect for keeping you and your pup hydrated in the great outdoors.
15. Doggy Sunscreen, $14.95
Just like people, dogs need protection from the sun. Doggy Sunstick provides the fastest, most convenient way to protect your dog from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays whenever they’re outdoors. The gentle, non-greasy stick formula was developed especially for dogs and compares to SPF 15 rated sunscreens for people. Simply rub on anytime your dog is out in the sun, especially on ears, nose, muzzle, pink skin areas and any other spots where skin is exposed to the sun.