Dog owners know that the hot weather can be fatal to their furry companions. But we still have to walk them every day, so how can we keep them cool when the temperature rises? Thankfully manufacturers have some up with some ingenious ways of cooling our pets, including chilled water bowls that keep drinking water nice and cool, and even special material that remains ice cool and can be used to wrap around your dog.
Here are our favourite pet cooling products:
A lovely cooling toy here that your dog will love playing with. Simply soak it in water and the special gel helps it is stay frozen for longer. Can be used time and time again.
If your dog insists on being the height of fashion even when it is hot, tempt him or her out into the shade with this fabulous bandana. Just soak in water and the special cooling fabric will sooth your dog in the hottest of weather. Available in different sizes.
Many dogs, mine included, will not drink luke warm water. Instead of refilling with cold every half an hour, this is the perfect alternative. Place the core in the freezer for two hours and then put back into bowl to ensure your dog’s drinking water remains ice cool for up to 8 hours.
All dogs love to play and what better way to cool them down and keep them happy in hot weather than this Nerf toy that you can soak with ice cold water. It contains a squeaker and as your dog plays with it the lovely cold water is released.
- Ancol Blue Dog Cooling Vest – £11.95 – £19.95
These cooling vests have had amazing customer reviews, so much so that I bought two for my dogs and now when it is hot they do not lie around panting for hours. All you do is soak them in cold water and then wring out the excess. As the water naturally evaporates it keeps your dog’s temperature stable and cool thanks to the ‘kelvinator effect’. Just keep re-soaking when the vest dries out.
Dogs are particularly susceptible to heat stroke in cars whilst you are travelling, so it is extremely important to keep them hydrated throughout the journey. This non spill water bowl features a floating plate inside which allows small amounts of water into the bowl and immediately restricts the flow when there is a surge, say from a sudden swerve or braking in the car.
If your dog won’t tolerate a vest, and who really wants to put on extra gear when it is hot, then this is the next best thing, a cooling mat. This is filled with cooling get that stays 5 to 10 degrees cooler than room temperature and is said to cool down your pooch for at least an hour. Can be used indoors or outside.
Surely this is the best way to cool down your dog? A pool just for them, filled with lovely cool water. This is made from sturdy plastic and will last for years. Helps to cool down your dog and they have fun at the same time.
This not only will cool down your dog but it will amuse them for hours. All you do is fill the two ice balls with water, freeze them and then pop them into the track where your dog can play with them with their mouth and paws.
A more expensive version of our cheaper vest featured above, this one works in exactly the same way, it wicks away body heat before evaporation takes place and helps to keep your pet cool in the hot weather.