Have these on hand for Fido to keep his summer from becoming a bummer.
1. Dog sunscreen
Created specifically for dogs to protect sensitive skin from sun damage.
2. Paw protectors
Booties protect your dog’s pads from being burned by hot cement.
3. Canine life vest/flotation device
Dogs spending time in or near any body of water should have a properly fitted life vest.
4. Elevated bed
Allows the air to flow all around your dog, plus keeps her off the hot ground.
5. Cooling jacket
Protect your dog from the sun while cooling him with a jacket with special fabric that holds water that evaporates slowly over time.
6. Cooling mat
Soaked in water and remains cool as the water slowly evaporates.
7. Shade for dogs
Keep your dog feeling 10 to 15 degrees cooler while out of harmful UV rays with a shade.
8. Cooling collar or bandanna
Soaked in cool water, cooling collars and bandannas allow the water to slowly evaporate, cooling the dog.
9. Crate fan
Add some breeze to keep your dog cooler while crated.
10. Water fountain
Properly hydrate your dog with fresh, clean, continuous flowing water.
Thumbnail: Photography ©Charlotte Reeves Photography.
About the author
Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author and Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Sassafras’ forthcoming books include: “TRICKS IN THE CITY: For Daring Dogs and the Humans That Love Them,” “Healing/Heeling,” and Bedtime Stories for Rescue Dogs: William To The Rescue. Learn more at SassafrasLowrey.com
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