Worried about keeping your dog cool this summer?
In this article, we’ll look at 12 GEAR ESSENTIALS designed to
help keep your dog comfortable and cool when temperatures begin to
Heatstroke in dogs is no joke:
Once a dog’s core temperature rises beyond the normal 101.5
°F to over 105 °F, the risk of DEATH becomes very real.
And since our dogs will always try to please us and hide their
discomfort, it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re
protected from overheating.
Common sense tells us that we should keep our dogs in the shade,
out of hot cars, off hot asphalt, and keep activity levels minimal
when it’s hot, while offering plenty of water!
But what else can we do?
12 Gear Essentials For Beating The Summer Heat
1) Dog Cooling Mat ($40-$60)
These dog cooling mats and pads give your dog a cool spot to lay
down and relax â€“ without any additional effort from you.
Filled with a patented gel, these pads work without any need for
electricity or refrigeration.
Theyâ€™re pressure-activated! And automatically recharge.
Youâ€™ll find many variations available for sale on Amazon.com,
but here are a couple of the top-reviewed models. Youâ€™ll see
thousands of four- and five-star reviews on these cooling mats; dog
owners rave about them.
They need to be spot cleaned, so thatâ€™s a considerationâ€¦ But
theyâ€™re lightweight and portable so great for travel, around the
house, and in dog crates.
2) Elevated Dog Bed ($45-$50)
With their lifted, off-the-ground design these elevated dog beds
improve airflow on all sides of the bed, which helps keep your dog
cool as heâ€™s resting.
Plusâ€”the suspended design is also excellent for elderly dogs
who suffer with joint pain.
Easy to wipe clean and maintain, the lightweight yet sturdy
design means theyâ€™re both durable and portable for both indoor
and outdoor use.
Plus, it looks like the AmazonBasics version, featured first,
can be purchased with replacement covers for roughly $10 (that
would be important to me).
Or the elevated SHADE BED, which comes in a variety of
3) The Evaporative Cooling Vest ($60)
Dogs donâ€™t sweat like humansâ€¦ They pant, and they sweat
through their feet, but thatâ€™s it.
So these cooling vets are designed to keep your dogâ€™s body
temperature down with a three-layer cooling system: The inside
layer keeps your dog dry, the middle layer absorbs and stores
water, and the outer layer reflections heat and promotes
Hundreds of four- and five-star reviews from dog owners confirm
that these vests really do work to keep dogs cooler.
4) Foldable & Portable Dog Pool ($37-$79)
Have you ever noticed that standing in cool water regulates your
overall body temperature through your feet? It works the same for
The only place dogs sweat is through their feet.
Dog pools are a portable, durable way to give your dog a place
to cool off in your backyard.
Thick, slip-resistant PVC means it will stand up to regular
And it can even be a great place to BATH your dog during warmer
5) Outdoor Patio Misting & Cooling System ($28-$56)
If even the shaded areas of your yard or patio become
insufferably hot, an outdoor patio misting system may be the answer
â€“ for both you and your dog.
These misting systems are designed to bring down the temperature
of your outdoor spaces by as much as 30 degrees F with cool misting
6) Dog Water Fountains ($16-$24)
Dog water fountains are made to slowly dispense filtered water
from a reservoir into a drinking bowl using gravity â€¦ making sure
your dog has the water he needs while youâ€™re out.
(These fountains can be especially good for dogs who are
inclined to FLIP their water bowls! The extra weight helps prevent
Plusâ€”these systems typically come with antimicrobial
protection that helps to prevent bacteria from growing in the
7) Traveling water bottle for dogs ($16.99)
If youâ€™ve ever tried to pour a bottle of water into your
dogâ€™s mouth, or let your dog slurp water from your hands on the
side of a road, youâ€™ll appreciate the clever design of these
portable canine water bottle/bowl combinations.
Perfect for walks, car travel, and moreâ€¦
Itâ€™s a water bottle & bowl in one:
8) Collapsible Water & Food Bowl
I love that these bowls are lightweight and foldable â€¦ making
them easy to carry in packs and double for a food AND water dish
when you need it.
Plus, theyâ€™re dishwasher safe. Also a win.
9) Dog Crate Fan ($23)
Somebody was thinking! This cleverly designed fan is perfect for
keeping crated dogs cool on hot days, with up to 100 hours of run
time and an ultra-quiet design.
10) Canine Rectal Thermometer For Emergencies (MUST-HAVE!)
If you donâ€™t already have a rectal thermometer for your dog, I
highly recommend grabbing one.
Itâ€™s an essential piece of safety equipment that should travel
with you during the summer.
It can be difficult to assess your dogâ€™s body temperature just
by looking at him. A temperature of 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit
is considered normal for a dog. Anything over 103 degrees
Fahrenheit is considered high and you should call your vet
immediately. Anything over 105 is life-threatening.
(Remember that itâ€™s important you donâ€™t submerge an
overheated dog in cold water or ice water, as this can cause blood
vessels of the skin to constrict, which actually TRAPS the heat in
your dogâ€™s body instead of releasing it!)
A rectal thermometer empowers you to take an accurate reading of
your dogâ€™s temperature, on the spot.
There is a range of canine thermometers available, with prices
from $7-$69, but here are a couple of affordable ones:
A Few Other Tips For Protecting Your Dog From The Sun
Dog sunscreen: Did you know that vets recommend
dogs with exposed skin and/or white coats wear SUNSCREEN? Your
dogâ€™s nose is exposed skin and at risk of burning too.
One recommended canine-friendly sunscreen to check out
Dog sunglasses: If your dog is on the water
with you a lot, or enjoys the wind in his face while youâ€™re
driving, these dog goggles might be a good choice for you:
Finally, please remember that if youâ€™re finding it HOT, your
dog is, tooâ€¦
Discourage active play during the heat of the day, and plan your
walks during cool morning hours and in the later evening, before
Beware of hot pavement and asphaltâ€¦ if itâ€™s too hot for your
bare feet, itâ€™s too hot for your dogâ€™s pads.
And must we say it? Never leave a dog in a car, even with the
Remember, the easiest way to accurately assess heat stroke is
with a rectal thermometer. Anything over 103 Â°F warrants a call
to the vet.
Other signs that your dog is overheating include:
â€¢ Excessive panting
â€¢ Hypersalivation (drooling)
â€¢ Rapid heart rate
â€¢ Dry nose
â€¢ Pale gums/grey gums
If your dog is showing signs of overheating, move him to a cool,
shaded area immediately, apply cool water to his body (without
submerging him!), apply cool wet towels to his head and body, offer
water to drink, and CALL YOUR VET!
Source: FS – TheDogTrainingSecret
12 Summer Gear Essentials For Every Dog!