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4 Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat this Summer

We humans aren’t the only ones who need to beat the heat during the summer months. Our dogs need some relief from the heat, as well. If you have a dog that loves to be outside, there are some things you can do to help it beat the heat on hot summer days. Products were received for review purposes, but all opinions are our own.

4 Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat this Summer

Easy Ways to Beat the Heat

Dogs are just as vulnerable to the heat as we are, so it’s nice if we can make the yard a comfortable place for our fur babies to hang out. Here are some great ways to help them beat the heat this summer.

4 Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat this Summer

1: Party Tent

Shade is man’s best friend as well as man’s best friend’s friend. A nice source of shade is a welcome respite from the sun, and shade can reduce the temperature by up to 20 degrees on very sunny days. When I talk about a party tent, I’m talking about the ones that are essentially just a canopy on a base of metal poles. These easy set up party tents are a great way to beat the heat on sunny days. They only take half an hour to set up, and they let you and your dog get in out of the sun.

2: Misting Fans

If you’ve ever used a misting fan, you know how great they are. If you haven’t, you’re missing out! Misting fans are a great way to beat the heat because they blow cool mist in a small area which helps both us and our pets cool off. If you combine a misting fan with a party tent, you’ve got a wonderfully cool zone for you and your dog to retreat to.

4 Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat this Summer

3: Cold Water

Cold water is an excellent way for both dogs and people to beat the heat. Drinking cold water reduces core body temperature quickly, and it tastes extra delicious on a hot day. Bamboo bowls from TheGreenPetShop are a great way to keep the water on hand for your dogs and help the environment as well. These bowls are made from bamboo and cooked rice husks. They’re 100% biodegradable, but they still last as long as any other bowl. Also make your own frozen dog treats.

Cooling Pet Pad

4: A Cooling Pad

The Cool Pet Pad from TheGreenPetShop is another great way to help your dog beat the heat. It has a non-toxic, pressure activated gel that becomes cool when your dog lays on it. It helps beat the heat and also help with joint pain. I have one of these for my dog Hilo and his poor arthritic hips. He loves it! That is, when the little dogs are hogging it! 😉

Franklin on the Cooling Pet Pad


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Dogs Need to Beat the Heat, Too

Dogs are just as prone to the effects of over heating as we are. In fact, because of their naturally high body temperatures – up to 102 degrees – they’re even more prone to heatstroke and other issues due to over heating. So this summer, help your dog beat the heat so both of you can enjoy fun in the sun and still be comfy.

Linda Szymoniak

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

It's pretty obvious that some people just don't understand how hard the heat (or cold, during winter) can be on dogs and cats. We really need to raise awareness - especially with dogs dying after being left in hot cars. Thanks for the tips. My own dogs spend most of their time in hot weather in the house, where it's air conditioned, but they DO need to go out to potty and for exercise. My boys, especially, tend to want to stay out too long when it's extremely hot, so having ideas for keeping them from getting overheated is very much appreciated.

Sarah L

Sunday 3rd of May 2015

I don't have a dog any more but these are great tips for those who do have dogs.

marnie ward

Sunday 3rd of May 2015

I thought this post on 4 Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat this Summer is very helpful. We have 2 dogs and one is very old, Dutch. He would benefit greatly from this cooling off pad. When he comes in the outside he is always so hot, so we will give the cooling off pad a try both to keep him cool and to make his old age more comfortable.

Pam H.

Sunday 3rd of May 2015

My pug doesn't handle the heat well. I think he might really like the Cool Pet Pad. He cools himself by sprawling out on the tile floor after being outside.