Keeping Fido Cool in the Dogs Days of Summer

How to keep your pup cool while the temperatures rise

By Danielle Goreski

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The Doggy Drencher fidocool-doggiedrencher

Perfect for the dog days of summer! Simply hook your garden hose to the special attachment on the frame, adjust the water pressure to the desired spray setting and let Rover run through it. This product is used in agility training but on a hot summer day, this might be even better than a water mist on a patio. $26.95
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Keep your pet’s water and perishable food cool for hours courtesy of a gel core that goes in the freezer. FrostyBowlz lasts 14+ hours even at 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes with a high quality stainless steel bowl, stainless steel plate with non-skid surface, and the exclusive FrostyCore, filled with a non-toxic freezable gel that can be used thousands of times. The bowl and plate are both dishwasher safe. For dogs or cats, various sizes available. From $19.99
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Swamp Cooler fidocool-dogvest2

The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler uses natural evaporative cooling to keep your dog cool. Soak it in cold water, wring it out, and fasten around your dog. Evapourative cooling exchanges the dog’s heat as water evaporates from the coat’s reservoir. The Swamp Cooler’s light color is designed to reflect heat from the sun. Combined with the evaporative cooling effect, the Swamp Cooler keeps dogs comfortable when temperatures rise. Auto-lock buckles on each side of the jacket makes it easy to slip it on and off your pet. $54.95
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Kool Collar fidocool-koolcollar2

The KoolCollar has a simple approach: keep your dog cool with a collar that slowly drips water down the dog’s chest, creating a natural evaporative effect. The dripping water simulates sweat and helps cool the dog’s core temperature. All the collar requires is ice cubes. The company also provides a KoolTube, a dry alternative that may be used instead of ice cubes. Simply freeze the KoolTube and insert inside it into the dog’s KoolCollar for a cooling effect that lasts for 30 to 50 minutes. The company states that the collars are non-toxic, semi-disposable and are non-staining. From $18.00
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Cooling Bandanna  ficocool-coolingbandana2

Similar to the KoolCollar, the Cooling Bandanna is made by Kyjen’s Outward Hound line, which specializes in outdoor accessories for active pups. The Cooling Bandanna, however, does not work on a drip method. Made with non-toxic polymer crystals, the bandanna absorbs water and can cool your dog up to several hours. All you need to do is soak the bandanna for 15 to 30 minutes in cool water, then place around your dog’s neck. The bandanna is reusable and hand washable, and comes in a variety of sizes. From $3.11
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Can’t find a dog-friendly beach in your area? Why not make your own place to swim right at home? Kiddie pools are a great way for your dog to cool off after a long hot day and are fairly inexpensive. They can be picked up at many retailers or toy stores during summer months!
Photo credit: sheeshoo/CC
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Shade Shelter  fidocool-shadeshelter

If you’re planning on spending the afternoon at dog beach, a park, campground or in your own backyard, this easy to assemble (no tools needed!), pet-friendly Outward Hound® by Kyjen offers your pooch a shady spot away from the sun. This lightweight, portable tent is collapsible and comes with a travel bag with handles for easy storage and carrying. There are three vents on each side of the tent for air flow to help keep your dog cool. Simply set up in a location not facing the sun and, depending on your pet’s personal style, leave the nylon base bare or throw down a blanket or portable dog bed for added comfort. $59.99
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Lifejackets  fidocool-lifevest

It’s estimated that thousands of family pets die in drowning incidents each year. Real numbers are not known because most incidents go unreported. However, these types of tragedies can be avoided, such as using a flotation aid for dogs. If your family goes boating or uses a pool, a lifejacket is a must. The Kyjen Pet Saver Lifejacket features adjustable bands and flaps with quick-release buckles, and has a convenient top-grab handle in case your dog needs to get out of the water quickly. Flotation padding is also built in to the front of the jacket to help support your dog’s head while swimming. From $10.58
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Cool Pooch Water Bottle  fidocool-sportbottle

For the dog and human who share everything…everything except backwash, that is. Designed to keep your water supply separate from his. The Sport bottle comes equipped with a straw for you and a cup for your pup for the very dog days of summer. $6.95
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