Pet gear to keep your dog cool and comfortable in the summer heat and on all your adventures.
As the weather warms, it’s time to go outside and play — with your dog.
Make sure your canine companion enjoys hot, sunny days as much as you do. Here are our picks to keep pets cool, comfortable and content in the summer heat and on all your adventures.
HIT THE TRAIL
After a winter of rain and mud, retire your old leash for a Fozzy Dog storage leash ($32 at Pioneer Pet Feed & Supply, Pioneer Square, and fozzydoginc.com). Designed locally, it lets you lighten your load on summer hikes or walks. It has a nylon pocket that stretches to hold your phone, keys, treats and other necessities, as well as an integrated bag dispenser. The heavy-duty rope is 5 feet long and withstands pull stress-tests of up to 450 pounds.
Protect against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other pests with the Insect Shield Dog Bandana with Anti-Insect Repellent ($10 at keepdoggiesafe.com), made using the same EPA-rated technology as human Insect Shield clothing. A non-toxic, man-made derivative of chrysanthemum flower extract repels annoying insects in a 3-foot radius, and the effects last for 70 washings. The colorful prints look pretty cute, too.
Hydration is vital in the summer heat. Be sure your pooch can always get a drink with the H204K9 Dog Water Bottle & Travel Bowl ($14 at h2o4k9.com) — the lid does double duty as a bowl. Made from human-grade stainless steel, each bottle is BPA- and phthalate-free, 100-percent recyclable, and holds 9.5 ounces of water to refresh your pup.
Keep them moving with plenty of treats. Portland Pet Food Company’s Beer Biscuits Dog Treats ($10 at portlandpetfoodcompany.com) are the closest you’ll get to sharing a pint with your pooch. Made in Portland from spent grains harvested from local breweries, it contains no alcohol or hops, just sustainable, all-natural, human-grade ingredients.
For long trips, provide food on the go with the Dexas Collapsible Travel Cup with Carabiner ($8–$10 at All the Best Pet Care and dexas.com). It collapses flat and has a carabiner clip for easy transport, and expands to hold 2 cups of food or water.
Hit the beach and have a ball with Outward Hound’s Splash Bombz ($10–$12 for two at All the Best Pet Care and outwardhound.com). The balls float for lakeside games of fetch, but also soak up and retain water so your dog gets a refreshing splash when he retrieves.
Chuckit’s new Hydro Toys take summertime games of fetch to the next level. The Hydroroller ring ($18) sprays water when thrown, like a mini sprinkler. The Hydrofreeze Ball ($15–$17) holds frozen water to create the coolest fetch toy around. And the Hydroflyer ($20, all at Petco and PetSmart) holds and releases water when thrown, and floats for in-water play.
Ruffwear’s K-9 Float Coat Flotation Device ($80 at REI and ruffwear.com) keeps your dog safe when she joins you kayaking or boating. The canine life jacket has reflective trim and a strong handle to aid in pulling your pet out of the water, if necessary.
Your pup can cool down after a day of play on the PlayaPup Pup Chiller Cooling Mat ($35–$40 at All the Best Pet Care and playapup.com), a cooling pad made with nontoxic gel that draws heat away from his body. Just add water once to create his own cool spot.
Pets chilling at home alone will appreciate The Green Pet Shop’s Cool Pet Pad ($20–$85 at Mud Bay and thegreenpetshop.com), a smaller, pressure-sensitive mat activated by the dog’s own body. No water, electricity or refrigeration is necessary, and it works instantly.
After a long day of play, treat your pooch to The Bear & The Rat’s Frozen Yogurt Dog Treat ($3.25 per cup, $10 for a four-pack at Pioneer Pet Feed & Supply). The all-natural doggie “ice cream” comes in single-serving cups in bacon peanut butter or pumpkin flavors. The all-natural treat is free of wheat and corn, and contains probiotics for digestive health.