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10 Summer Dog Gear Items to Keep Your Pup Safe & Happy

Written by: Sassafras Lowrey, MFA, CPDT-KA, CTDI

Last Updated on February 6, 2024 by Dogster Team

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10 Summer Dog Gear Items to Keep Your Pup Safe & Happy

Have these on hand for Fido to keep his summer from becoming a bummer.

1. Dog sunscreen

$12.95/.5 oz. and $34.95/2.75 oz. My Dog Nose It!; mydognoseit.com
$12.95/.5 oz. and $34.95/2.75 oz. My Dog Nose It!; mydognoseit.com

Created specifically for dogs to protect sensitive skin from sun damage.


2. Paw protectors

$14—$20/12 boots per pack. PawZ Dog Boots; pawzdogboots.com
$14—$20/12 boots per pack. PawZ Dog Boots; pawzdogboots.com

Booties protect your dog’s pads from being burned by hot cement.


3. Canine life vest/flotation device

$24.99 — $59.99. Dawson Swim Life Jacket and Granby Ripstop Life Jacket; outwardhound.com
$24.99 — $59.99. Dawson Swim Life Jacket and Granby Ripstop Life Jacket; outwardhound.com.

Dogs spending time in or near any body of water should have a properly fitted life vest.


4. Elevated bed

$84.95. Walnut PVC Dog Bed; kuranda.com.
$84.95. Walnut PVC Dog Bed; kuranda.com.

Allows the air to flow all around your dog, plus keeps her off the hot ground.


5. Cooling jacket

$24.99—$39.99. Cooling Vest and Collar; coolerdog.com
$24.99—$39.99. Cooling Vest and Collar; coolerdog.com.

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

$49.99 — $179.99. Hydro Cooling Mat; coolerdog.com.

Soaked in water and remains cool as the water slowly evaporates.


7. Shade for dogs

Starting at $89.99. ShadyPaws Cage Free Portable Dog Shade Canopy; shadypaws.com
Starting at $89.99. ShadyPaws Cage Free Portable Dog Shade Canopy; shadypaws.com.

Keep your dog feeling 10 to 15 degrees cooler while out of harmful UV rays with a shade.


8. Cooling collar or bandanna

$59.95. Swamp Cooler; ruffwear.com
$59.95. Swamp Cooler; ruffwear.com

Soaked in cool water, cooling collars and bandannas allow the water to slowly evaporate, cooling the dog.


9. Crate fan

Metro Air Force Crate Cooling Fan
$14.99. Metro Air Force Crate Cooling Fan; jefferspet.com.

Add some breeze to keep your dog cooler while crated.


10. Water fountain

$69.99. Drinkwell 2-Gallon Pet Fountain; petsafe.net
$69.99. Drinkwell 2-Gallon Pet Fountain; petsafe.net.

Properly hydrate your dog with fresh, clean, continuous flowing water.

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Dogster magazine. Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Dogster magazine delivered straight to you.

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