Now that it’s really getting hot out there, we have to pay special attention to our four-legged friends—you know, the ones who can’t escape their thick fur regardless of the humidity outside.
Luckily there are plenty of new and improved cooling beds for dogs that help give them relief during the hottest of days. A cooling bed is usually filled with either gel or water and works best when kept out of direct sunlight. Most dogs will take a few days to get used to the pad.
Really effective cooling pads are often made of nylon fabric because it holds up to wear and tear while staying breathable.
This solid-gel mat from Arf Pets is self-charging, which makes it easy to use. It’s also weight-activated so it responds to your pup’s body heat for up to three hours. Nontoxic, lightweight and durable – it’s no wonder this is the go-to cooling pad for many pet owners. $49.99
Another popular, self-cooling pet pad, this pad is also weight- or pressure-activated with coolness that lasts up to four hours.
This pad is also super portable, making it the perfect accessory to take along for that family trip to the beach, or even long car trips. They’ll love you for it. $39.98
This pad keeps canines cool by using actual H2O. The “Cool Core” inside the bed absorbs your dog’s body temperature (102º F) and then converts it to room temperature, creating a cooler surface for your dog to enjoy.
Dogs love these pads, but be warned – they’re a little heavier than their gel counterparts and won’t be quite as easy to lug around for day trips! $54.30
This affordable cooling bed stays five to ten degrees cooler than room temperature. Perfect for using alone or in a pet carrier, this bed is also tough enough to deal with those unruly dog nails. $29.99
The Chillz Pads come in three different sizes, so you’re bound to find a size that suits your dog. Made from comfy (yet durable) material, this cooling bed is not just for hot dogs – it’s also perfect for older animals, or those dealing with joint pain or recovering from surgery. $19.96
This fairly inexpensive option gets extra chilly for your four-legged friend if you pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Easy to fold and take along for adventures, your dog will appreciate a refreshing space of their own. $31.99
Though this mat may look just like the other gel pads, the Easyology Premium pad has been designed to fit onto couches perfectly – which makes sense, considering that’s where pets love to hang out.
It’s also super easy to clean and extra thick, making it ideal for households with dogs that shed…a lot, or households with dogs who love to chew! $39.99
This ultra-durable cooling pad is great for use indoors or outdoors. It’s also perfect for traveling since it’s easy to fold, water resistant and dirt repellent. For the best (most cooling!) results for your dog, try to avoid keeping it in direct sunlight.
With such a low price point, you really couldn’t ask for a better option. $20.32
This cooling pet bed fits on dog beds, car seats, couches and more. It “cools down” in response to the pressure of your dog’s body, and only takes about a half an hour to recharge after use. $39.99
Read more about tips for buying and caring for a pet cooling mat here.