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Hot Summer, Cool Dogs

Ah, Summer. While the warmer temps and abundant sunshine are a great excuse to get outside and play with your pups, too much heat can be dangerous to our furry friends. We’ve rounded up some of the best ideas to keep your dogs cool this summer.

  1. The Cool Collar. This thing is a must-have for summer, especially for smaller dogs who have trouble with overheating (pugs, we’re looking at you). After a long walk or a romp in the yard, grab this thing out of your freezer to help speed the cooling process.
  2. The Cool Mat. It’s like a cool collar you don’t have to throw in the fridge! Pressure from your dog’s weight activates the cooling in the mat, so it’s the perfect place to nap on a hot summer’s day.
  3. The Ice Toys. This idea has been making the rounds on Pinterest for years; no surprise, because it’s a great one! Freeze a few toys in a bowl and leave this outside for pup entertaining and cooling (PS - follow our Pinterest boards while you’re pinning that idea!).
  4. The Doggy Pool. A doggy pool is a great way for your outside dogs to relax and cool off during the summer. Try this clever DIY to make it look a little more polished in your backyard. Also - how amazing is this good samaritan who bought pools for all of the neighborhood dogs?
  5. Treat Yo Pup! It’s no secret that dogs love a good treat, so use that to your advantage with some cold snacks! Most grocery stores sell dog ice cream, or you can try your hand at one of the many recipes for making your own dog-approved cold treats! You can also freeze banana slices for a quick cool snack.
  6. Be Smart. It should go without saying, but don’t put your dog in unnecessary danger this summer! Never leave your dog in the car - even with the window rolled down. Try to walk earlier in the mornings or later in the evenings rather than in the hottest part of the day, and walk on grass and dirt as much as possible. Hot concrete can be tough on pup’s feet! If you notice any cracking or dryness on feet, pick up some Paw Soother to help (that’s our personal favorite). If you’re going to be outside for a long time, make sure you take a small bowl and cold water.

What are some of your favorite ways to keep your furry friends cool in the heat? Let us know by tweeting at us or posting on our Facebook page.

(Photo credit: Leo Hidalgo)