When the temperature rises, it’s important to keep your canine best friend cool and comfortable. Hyperthermia (or heat stroke) occurs when your dog’s internal temperature exceeds 103 degrees. While every pet owner knows to never leave your dog in a hot car (remember, your vehicle can reach dangerous temperatures in just a few minutes), a dog can also overheat during regular outdoor exercise like hiking and running. Dogs don’t sweat like humans do, so it’s essential to keep Fido’s cooling needs... in mind.
While precautions such as limiting exercise during hot days and providing constant water are your first line of defense against heat stroke, a cooling dog bed or vest is another great way to keep your best friend safe and comfortable. From vests to collars and beyond, we’ve rounded up the best products on how to keep your dog cool outside and inside, here are our picks.
One of the best summer canine products lauded by consumers and vets alike is a cooling vest. The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Vest works by storing water and using it to exchange your dog’s heat as it evaporates. The outer layer reflects heat while the inner layer is cooled by water. As the water turns from liquid to vapor, your dog’s temperature drops, keeping him perfectly cool. As the vest runs out of water you’re able to add more to re-up the cooling effect.
The vest comes in sizes from... XX-small through X-large, so be sure to measure your pup before you order for a perfect fit. The vest is designed to work with most harnesses, so you can use it on those long hikes and walks. As one of the best-reviewed dog vests on Amazon, the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler is a staple for any dog owner who wants to keep their dog happy and healthy when he’s on the go in the heat.
Heat can be dangerous (not to mention uncomfortable) even when your pup is just laying around. The Unleashed Pets Self Cooling Pressure Activated Cooling Mat is a must-have on long car rides in crates or in dog houses outside during the summer. The mat absorbs the dog’s body heat, keeping him 10° - 15° cooler than room temperature. The self-cooling device provides up to two hours of cooling and needs just 10-15 minutes of non-use to recharge (no electricity required!). The small mat is 16” x ... 20”, the medium 20” x 36” and the large is 27” by 43”.
The mat is easily cleaned and wiped down, so it can be put to use over and over again. While the cooling mat won’t chill your pup as much as a vest, it’s a great addition for dogs who prefer cold floors to their beds when the temperature rises and makes travel in crates and carriers a lot more comfortable.
If your dog tends to run hot no matter the time of year, a cooling bed is a great choice for him. We love the Dogbed4less Orthopedic Dog Bed because it’s infused with a gel memory pad to keep your dog cool. Each bed comes with a waterproof liner and two washable covers, which any dog owner will greatly appreciate. The gel-infused memory foam pad is hypoallergenic and alleviates pressure points for arthritic and aging pups, all while reducing the overheating that occurs with some dog beds.
This... orthopedic bed comes in six sizes ranging from 35” x 20” to 55” x 47”, all roughly 4” thick. Reviewers rave about the bed’s comfort, stating that it doesn't flatten over time — an important quality in any great dog bed.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best cooling beds for dogs.
An elevated bed doesn’t provide any gel-assisted cooling effects but promotes air flow to all sides by keeping your pup off the ground. The Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed comes in six colors and five different sizes, up to 59.8” x 37”. The bed keeps your pup elevated by about eight inches, and reduces pressure on all of his joints. The knitted fabric is UV-resistant, so you can keep it outside — it also repels mold and mildew.
If your pup spends time outside in the summer, the Coolaroo Elevated Pet... Bed is a must-have. Owners say their four-legged friends can’t get enough of it, which means you won’t have a hard time convincing Fido to give it a shot.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
The Kool Collar works similarly to a cooling vest but focuses on the pup’s neck and shoulders. The collar uses ice in a similar manner, cooling the dog as it evaporates and turns to vapor. Each refill provides about two hours of cooling, making it a great choice for longer walks or hikes in the summer. The medium size shown fits necks from 17 1/2" to 24", but the company also sells the product in small, medium and large versions.
The Kool Collar is a great buy for pups that could use a... little extra cooling, but during days when the temperature doesn’t quite call for a full cooling vest. Reviewers say it’s the perfect choice for medium and long-haired pups, as the cooling effect is strong enough to penetrate even thick fur.
While not a traditional cooling device, a dog house is essential for keeping your dog safe when he’s outside during the summer months. With over 700 five-star reviews, the Suncast DH350 Dog House is one of the most popular shelters on the market. Made from durable resin, the Suncast Dog House is 33” x 38-½” x 32”, and comfortably fits dogs weighing up to 100 pounds. The snap-together assembly is a breeze, with no special tools required.
Providing shelter from the harsh sun is key to keeping your... dog safe during the hot months. Plus, who doesn’t love a dog house with your favorite friend’s name engraved on the front? The Suncast comes with vinyl doors and letters to personalize each house for your pet.
When traveling with your furry friend, a crate is a great way to keep him safe and protected, but being cooped up in a small space can lead to overheating and exhaustion. Whether you’re traveling long distances in a car or you crate your pup when you leave the house, the O2COOL Crate Fan is a great way to keep his space nice and cool. The two-speed 5" fan provides air circulation directly into your pet’s crate. Designed specifically for metal crates, it uses two brackets to easily attach to... any crate wall. The fan takes two “D” batteries, so you can take it wherever you need to go without worrying about cords and plugs.
Pair the O2COOL Fan with a gel cooling mat for the ultimate in cooling protection.