Sup Dog? Just Chillin’

It’s a cruel summer — this gear will help your dog stay cool.  

by Rachel Davies
August 16, 2021
Small senior dog sitting outside by a fence in the grass wearing a small red aht
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Beating summertime heat can be difficult for anyone, never mind our canine friends and their ever-present fur coats. No matter the breed, “overheating can take place quickly and at temperatures in the low ’70s,” says Dr. Elizabeth Shines, DVM. Needless to say, it’s extremely important that you keep a close eye on your dog after any extended period of time in the heat for overheating symptoms: heavy panting, excessive salivation, weakness, stumbling, vomiting, diarrhea, collapse, and at worst, seizures. There are numerous tools you can use to help your pets cool down when in the sun, and if you suspect that they’re beginning to overheat, avoid any additional activity.

Don’t forget, overheating isn’t only an issue for the furriest parts of their body — protecting a dog’s paws from hot ground is crucial, too. “Hot weather heats up the sidewalk, which can burn paws, so that’s another reason to avoid activity during the hottest time of the day,” adds Dr. Shines. “In 77-degree weather, the sidewalk could reach temperatures as high as 125 degrees! If you place your hand on the sidewalk and it’s uncomfortable for you, it’s uncomfortable for your pet.” We rounded up everything from a cooling vest and protective booties to doggy ice cream and freezable toys to help your dog keep their cool this summer.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

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Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is a writer who has written for numerous publications including VoxWall Street Journal, and Architectural Digest and the parent of a beautiful Cocker Spaniel mix named Thea.