Keeping Dogs Cool - Hot Weather Dog Cooling Products
Our furry friends are a big part of our life and our family, but as they age they need a little more help to keep them happy and comfortable.
When the sticky days of summer hit, not only are you racing to find relief just imagine how your dog with the furry coat feels. As they get older they can feel the effects of heat even faster. My own dog Sasha, had a heat event that came on very quickly, so as I researched for dog cooling products, I came across some pretty cool ways to make them comfy. Check them out below:
You don't need a lot of space to enjoy one of these. I had not realized until I did some research that there are some portable and easy to fold away pools for dogs that can keep them cool on those hot summer days. I always thought they would be big and cumbersome, but these pooch friendly fabrics make it easy now to give your dog a place to cool down.
If you don't have room for a dog pool but your dog is uncomfortable with the heat, you can invest in a dog cooling pad or mat. These are gel filled and wick the heat away from your pet and last for hours. It can be placed on their favourite bed in the house or that special corner on the floor or even out on the patio with you. These will help to keep your dog cool and relaxed. No need to freeze or refrigerate. This is a great option if your dog is not a water fan or you simply do not have the room for a pool.
If you don't like the idea of a pool and your dog is way to active for a cooling pad, there is another option and that is a cooling vest. These vests or jackets are wet and then with evaporation they wick the heat away from your dog. This can make it so they can walk a little further without overheating and panting. You can get them in different sizes and your dog will enjoy the effects. Just that little bit of added insurance against the heat of the summer.
If you have a backyard pool and love in include your family pets in your swim time, then this will be a truly fun way to keep your dog cool. But if they are older they can tire swimming and sometimes will not go in the pool for this fear. If you have noticed your dog not swimming as much, maybe he finds it tiring. In which case you could add a dog pool float for him to relax on just like humans do, and/or add a dog life jacket so that he can float even when he is tired.
If getting out of the pool has become difficult for your dog or he damages the sides of your pool, you can get these dog pool ramps that install quickly and easily and then come out just as fast. This is a super cool way for your dog to enjoy time with you in the pool without exhaustion of trying to get out or damage to the sides of your pool. Let him swim or float on a lounger, enjoy the freedom of a life jacket and then a perforated ramp or floating steps to get out again. These extra aids can not only help to keep your dog cool, but allow him to be active in his senior years.
If you still want a different way to keep your dog cool, and are not interested in a pool, ramps, or vests, then a simple cooling bandana will do the trick. These are soaked in water and then because of the special fabrics, they will wick heat away from your dogs neck. They will make him more comfortable on that walk or hike, and they look cool!
Gone are the days of cupping your hands or filling your hat in order for your dog to enjoy a drink of water. When you grab your water bottle to head out on that walk with your furry friend, don't forget to grab his. You can get really cool water bottles online in different sizes and shapes. If you dog prefers a bowl many have portable bowls. I have used a dog water bottle for years, they are easy to carry and when you stop for a break they can have one to with little wastage.
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