How to Keep a Dog Cool in Summer

February 9, 2019
As a dog owner with over 25 years of experience, I can attest that having a dog is one of the most wonderful things that has ever happened in my life. The companionship and joy they bring is incomparable.

When you look through websites at ideas to buy our favourite pet, we always see products to keep our pets warm but not so many to keep them cool. Over recent years the Winters have been colder and the Summer hotter, we need to start thinking about ways to keep our pets cooler on very hot days, especially if we are out at work during the day.

In this article we’ll take a look at how to keep your dog cool on even the hottest days using products you can buy from good online retailers. Some of these products will also be good for cats as well so please read on.

Cooling vests

These vests are soaked in water for a few minutes and then put onto your dog using the fasteners. The fabric side of the vest next to your dogs fur is drier, but has the wetter exterior keeping your dog cooler for many hours. The vest can also be put into the refrigerator to keep your dog refreshed.

Memory foam pads

Memory foam pet pads are comfortable and cool for your pets. These are similar to a water bed with a memory foam top designed to be used for many hours of unattended use.

The bandana - for the dog with the cool look

Dog bandannas keep a dog cool by activating the cooling crystals in the bandana with water. The longer the bandanna is left in water the longer the effect of keeping your dog cooler. Cooling crystals are also used on some of the pet cooling pads.

The cool pet bed

Another product which is similar to the cool pads above is the pet bed with cushioned pillows around the sides. This bed is filled with water which stays in the core of the bed and spreads out perfectly to keep the whole base cooler.

Most of these cooling aids come with anti-mould finishes to keep the bed clean and smelling fresh, bit it can be a good idea to fill them up daily to keep them in perfect condition.

All of these pads and beds are constructed in such a way as to withstand damage from claws, but not really recommended for a dog that likes to chew its bedding.

All of these products are available in good pet retailers online. While all these products can help, always try and keep your pet in the shade and have plenty of fresh water available. With large dogs, consider one of the water feeders which will keep the bowl full on even the hottest day.

How to keep your dog cool is a question a lot of us ask ourselves in a hot Summer, but hopefully one of these products will help and that you both enjoy the Summer together.

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