**Guest post from Ellen B.**
Can you imagine wearing a fur coat on a hot summer day? A few modifications can really help your dog be comfortable in heat. Dogs who are older, obese or those with short muzzles are less tolerant of the heat; keep an especially close eye on them. It’s always smart to limit outdoor activities to early morning or late evening hours when it’s cooler. And, in warm weather, NEVER leave your pet in your enclosed vehicle for any amount of time. Even with the windows cracked, it can be deadly for a pet. Here are 5 more “cool” tips and pet supplies available to comfort your dog in summer heat.
|The most important item to always have available for your dog is fresh, cool water — whether on a walk, in the car or in the house or yard. Remember, hot sun can quickly make water too hot to drink. Add ice chips to the water to help keep it cold.|
|Just like an ice pack on your neck or forehead cools you down, this Cooling Dog Bandana cools your dog. It’s easy to use, very inexpensive, reusable and washable – and I must add stylish!
Barb S. uses this for her Newfoundland dogs and says, “When I go out for a hike with my dogs, I always bring water, and keep them cool with a Cooling Bandana around their neck. They seem much more comfortable.”
|This cooling dog bed can be used indoors or outdoors. The Cool Bed III has tremendous cooling power – without refrigeration. It feels like a cold tile floor does on your bare feet. It absorbs heat from your dog, and dissipates it back to the surrounding air. This bed is very easy to use, durable and much more comfortable than the floor!|
|While you enjoy a refreshing popsicle, your dog will enjoy the cooling that comes from this Hydro Bone. It features a spongy center covered in flexible rubber. Simply soak the bone in water to fill the sponge, freeze it, and then award it to your pet as a cool, refreshing chew.|
For more information on keeping your dog safe and cool during summer heat, read our Summer Healthcare Guide.
See these and other dog cooling products available at Drs. Foster & Smith!
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