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Man, it’s a hot one! This summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record in parts of the U.S., and it’s not just people who are feeling the heat. Dogs need protection from hot weather. Just imagine suffering through this super-hot summer with a fur coat!
Thankfully, there are tons of products available to keep dogs cool. From cooling collars to kiddie pools, these are our picks for the best cooling products for dogs.
This lightweight, portable mat has “pressure activated gel technology” that cools your dog on contact for up to four hours. Just lay it on the floor or your dog’s favorite spot on the couch, and they’ll be cooling off in no time. It comes in sizes small to extra-large to suit any dog. Check out this post for more suggestions for cooling dog beds.
Helpful review: “My Cairn Terrier immediately loved the Medium pad, which was incredible because he’s never enjoyed anything I’ve purchased for him (that he can’t eat)…I’ve been recommending this product to strangers in the park.”
Simply moisten this lightweight fabric collar with water and wait for your dog to cool down. The unique material helps the collar retain moisture for hours, cooling your dog from the outside. It’s comfortable, safe, and inexpensive—the perfect addition to your beat-the-heat summer plans.
Helpful review: “My dog is so picky and neurotic about what she likes and doesn’t. She absolutely loves this. She’s happy to wear her cooling collar while she’s outside and for awhile inside until she cools down too. It stays cool for about 3 hours. I’ve even worn it myself while mowing the lawn.”
Looking for a stylish, visible accessory to keep your dog cool this summer? Ruffwear’s Jet Stream Cooling Vest uses shade and evaporative cooling to keep your dog cool on a hot day. Simply wet it with water and wring it out. The outer layer reflects heat and facilitates evaporation, the middle layer absorbs and stores water, and the inner layer transfers the cooling effect to your dog. It even provides UPF 50+ protection.
Helpful review: “This product has solved my overheating pug dilemma! We were unable to go on walks once we moved to Florida because the heat was just too much for him. Before the vest, he would maybe last five minutes. Now, we can play for an hour! I usually have to pour some water on it 3 times.”
This big, durable, portable pool is perfect for all kinds of dogs. No inflating necessary—just open up the paneled sides and fill the pool with water for a cooling doggy splash zone. Learn about more of the best doggy pools here.
Helpful review: “Perfect for our water loving English Bulldog.. good quality and easy to empty with the valve on the side. Much easier to clean and store than a hard plastic pool. This is very durable and will last many seasons.”
Does your dog love running through the sprinklers? Let them control their own water play with this easy-install, no-leak outdoor dog fountain. Your dog steps on the paw pad to release a smooth stream of water for drinking or just getting their head wet on a hot summer day.
Helpful review: “Got this fountain few days back and my border collie loves it. I had to help her a little bit. First setting up she was wandering between her water bowl and the fountain, back and forth, after a few tries, started licking from the fountain. By the second day, she was all around it.”
Keep your dog’s drinking water cool with this unique chilled water bowl. It’s made from double-walled stainless steel with a non-toxic gel core that keeps your dog’s water cool for hours. Simply place the bowl in the freezer for a few hours, then fill with water for safe, cooling hydration.
Helpful review: “I bought 2 of these for my dogs. They both love cold water and pretty much won’t drink warm water unless that is all there is. I rotate the bowls each morning from freezer to floor for them. They stay cold all day…best thing I ever bought for them.”
This portable, high-performance fan clips to your dog’s crate to give them a cool breeze. It works with two “D” batteries and is designed to be ultra quiet. Perfect for all-day cooling while you’re at work, or use it in the car to help the A/C reach your pup.
Helpful review: “I travel with dogs and these are nice to circulate air in the crates. You can also turn it so it rests on a flat surface to circulate air in a bigger space. They are compact and sturdy with decent battery life. This is NOT air conditioning, but good air circulation in a vehicle when the air is on.”