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As another summer kicks into gear, it’s not just people who are feeling the heat, dogs are going to need some protection from hot weather. Just imagine wearing a fur coat all summer! Fortunately, we’ve got some tips on how to cool down your dog.
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs overheat when they’re dehydrated or exposed to hot temperatures, risking heatstroke. Offering water at least once per hour and providing cool water to wade into can help keep your dog’s body temperature comfortable.
The Best 15 Accessories to Cool Down Your Dog
This lightweight and portable mat is pressure-activated; the non-toxic gel on the inside starts absorbing your dog’s heat as soon as they lay down on it. It lasts for up to four hours. Just lay it on the floor or your dog’s favorite spot on the couch, and they’ll be comfy in no time.
It comes in sizes extra-small to extra-large to suit any dog. This cooling mat can be placed in a kennel or as a topper for a pet bed. And check out the optional durable and washable cotton/poly blend cover.Shop on Chewy Shop on Rover
Great for trips and outdoor lounging, this portable cooling cot is made with a sturdy rust-resistant powder-coated steel frame and mesh fabric surface for air flow. The raised sofa-like back brings added comfy support for your pup.Shop on Chewy
This collar’s unique material helps retain moisture for hours, keeping your dog cool. Simply moisten this lightweight fabric collar with water and put it on them. It’s comfortable, safe, and inexpensive (with a hole to accommodate a leash)—the perfect addition to your beat-the-heat summer plans.Find on Amazon
Cooling dogs down in the summer is easy when you can get them into water, but for dogs who don’t love to swim, this might just do the trick. This little raft is great for lakes and pools; your dog can stay chill without having to dive in.Find on Amazon
Looking for a durable dog top to keep your dog cool this summer? This zippered cooling vest’s 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. Just wet the vest, wring it out, and put it on your dog. It also provides UPF 50+ protection.Find on Amazon
This 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 an on-demand doggy splash zone. Be sure to set this pool up on a smooth, level surface to avoid punctures.Shop on Chewy
Does your dog love to cool down by running through sprinklers? Connect this no-leak outdoor dog fountain to your water spigot and let your dog enjoy their on-demand sprinkler. They step on the paw pad to release a smooth stream of water for drinking or just getting their head wet on a hot summer day.Find on Amazon
Thermal cup, meet dog bowl. This cooling dog dish is made from double-walled stainless steel with a non-toxic gel core—freeze it and your dog’s water will stay cooled down for hours.Find on Amazon
Wondering how to cool down your dog when they need to be in their crate? This portable fan attaches to the outside of the crate, creating a cool breeze within. It features two speeds and a built-in thermometer; perfect for circulating cool air in the house or car.Find on Amazon
Have a toy crazy, squeaker-loving dog? This friendly floating shark toy is made for playing in water; use it to entice your pooch in for a cooling—and entertaining—swim.Find on Amazon
West Paw’s Rumpus floats in water and stands up to the toughest chewers—it will keep your dog entertained for hours. Made in Montana from non-toxic materials, you can put it in the dishwasher to clean and recycle it once your pet is done with it, if ever. Bright colors make it stand out when you’re tossing it in water to keep your dog cool on a hot day or on land.Shop on Chewy
Your dog will have way more fun cooling down in the pool or bath with these floaty pals. These sturdily constructed sea creature friends come in several varieties and make sounds; however, they may not be best for aggressive chewers.Find on Amazon
Fill this toy with your dog’s favorite treats (such as this peanut butter-flavored Kong filler) and freeze, or add treats to an already-frozen toy, and toss it to your furry friend. They’ll stay cool while having fun licking and chewing on this wobbly rubber penguin to find those goodies.Shop on Chewy
This jaunty bandana is made of layers of breathable mesh and water-retaining fabric. Water evaporates slowly, keeping your dog’s chest and back nice and chilly—with no chemical coolants.Shop on Rover
We’ve saved the cutest for last! This hat helps your dog cool down in style. Like the Canada Pooch Cooling Bandana, it’s made of light, absorbent layers that hold on to water. Just rehydrate periodically to keep your pooch cool all day long.Shop on Rover
These cooling toys and accessories are sure to set you and your pup up to beat the heat and enjoy a summer of active fun.