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How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer: Five products

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While you cool off in the summer heat by sipping on a strawberry daiquiri and dipping your feet in the pool, this doesn't seem to be a very likely option for your pet. Luckily, WebVet has looked into finding some great products that will help keep your dog cool during the blistering hot summer months.

For those of you who can't stand to leave your dog at home when you're out enjoying the summer days, many products are available to help keep your dog from the dangers of heat stroke.  The following can be found in most large pet stores, and at www.amazon.com and www.tailsandcompany.com

  • If you often remember the water, but forget your dog's drinking bowl, you're now in luck.  There are water bottles with a bowl built right in. It's an easy and spill-proof way to keep your dog hydrated while out on long summer hikes.
  • You can also keep your dog cool with a bandana.  Soak the bandana in water for five minutes and place it around your pet's neck. The material will keep it damp and help keep your dog cool. 
  • Don't forget sunscreen for both you and your pet. Your dog's fur doesn't completely protect it from harmful UV rays. Parts of the skin that lack pigmentation, such as the bridge of the nose, ear tips and skin surrounding the lips, need extra protection. You can use canine sunscreen that comes in both a lotion and a spray bottle for easy application. Dogs that are more at risk for skin tumors should be especially careful with exposure to the sun.

If you do not have air conditioning and need to provide some extra cooling in the home for your pet, here are some more products that can help keep your pet as comfortable as possible in the heat:

  • Use a cooling pet bed for your pet to sleep on peacefully. It's created with water and foam for comfort and support, and you can fill it with water to keep your pet cool. It's easy to wipe clean and is flea-resistant. Plus, you can buy a cover for it so that it matches the decor in your house.
  • Who doesn't love a nice cold treat on those warm summer nights? Now when you enjoy your ice cream treat, Fido won't be drooling all over your legs waiting for a drop. Check out lactose-free ice cream treats made specifically for dogs. These treats can usually be found in the freezer section of your local grocery store or at specialty pet stores.
Credit: Reviewed by Amy I. Attas, V.M.D.
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