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- High temperatures not only make dogs uncomfortable, but they can also be downright dangerous.
- With record high temps across the US, dogs need help staying cool and there are products that can help.
- Here are our favorite dog cooling products, from cooling pads to portable water bowls.
Much of the country is experiencing record-high temperatures this summer. As the mercury rises, your dog needs special treatment to beat the heat. There are many simple steps you can take to keep your pup safe in hot weather, and keeping your pet comfy in all weather conditions is even easier with the right products.
We talked to Insider's dog owners to find the products they swear by to keep their dogs cool this summer. We also included the best cooling products from our buying guides, which are based on testing hundreds of products and the advice of veterinarians.
Here are 11 products to keep dogs cool during the summer:
A cooling elevated pet bed
K&H Pet Products Coolin' Pet Cot Elevated Pet Bed
This is the best purchase I have made! It is an elevated pet bed that you can put water in. The cushioned part of the bed allows you to put in cold water and ice cubes so that when your pet lays down they are not only getting airflow from the elevation but also resting on a guaranteed cold surface. —Emily Newman, video editing fellow
A kennel water bowl
Lixit Quick Lock Removable Dog Kennel Bowls
We never leave our pups in their crates for too long, but during the warm summer months, we especially want to make sure they have access to water at any given time. These bowls attach to the side of my dogs' kennels and can be easily popped off and refilled when they're low. Because the bowls are so firmly braced and held above their feet, my dogs never knock them over or spill the water. —Sarah Saril, reporter
A dog pool
Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pool
The Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pool is the top pick in our guide to the best dog pools because it's available in five sizes and constructed with thick, durable PVC and reinforced edges to ensure stability. The pool folds for easy storage and portability, and it has a quick setup, making it the ideal choice for keeping your dog cool outside on hot days.
A frozen treat
Pooch Creamery Peanut Butter Flavor Ice Cream Mix Dog Treat
Most ice cream has too much dairy for dogs to handle. Fortunately, this mix contains lactose-free milk, so your pup can enjoy a frozen treat in the heat.
A floor fan
Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator Fan
If your home lacks air conditioning or your pup just likes spending time in the hottest spots, consider placing a fan near them. This Vornado fan is the top pick in our best fans guide because it doesn't take up much space, has four fan speeds so your pooch doesn't get blown away, and it's backed by a five-year warranty.
A cooling pad
Green Pet Shop Cooling Pad
This thin mat is a low-tech, no-mess way to keep dogs cool. It contains a pressure-activated nontoxic gel that absorbs a pet's body heat to create a cooling sensation. When the temperatures rise, my dog gravitates toward the pad. I place it in his favorite resting spots around the house and often find him splayed out on it. The mat is great to take along on trips too. It folds up easily and comes in a variety of sizes to fit dog crates. —Lisa Sabatini, senior editor
A cooling bandana
All for Paws Chill Out Dog Ice Bandana
This cooling bandana helps keep my very furry winter-loving dog cool. I usually wet it and stick it in the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes before taking my pup on a walk. It is one of the only things she tolerates wearing and is super lightweight. —Jenna Gyimesi, associate editor of contributors
A portable water bowl
Comsun Collapsible Dog Bowl
Regular water breaks are a must when you're out and about in the sun with your pup. The Comsun Collapsible Dog Bowl is a great option because it collapses for easy transport, and you can clip it to your dog's leash or your belt loop with the carabiner. The bowl is made of durable silicone and backed by a lifetime warranty. Plus, it's our pick for the best portable dog bowl in our guide.
Paw-protecting dog boots
Pawz Waterproof Dog Boots
Have you ever tried walking barefoot on asphalt or sand on a sunny day? It doesn't feel good. Your furry friend also experiences the burn when walking on hot surfaces. You can alleviate the pain with dog boots. The Pawz Rubber Dog Boots are the top pick in our best dog boots guide because their waterproof rubber construction works well in all weather, including extreme heat.
A dog tent
K&H Original Pet Cot House
The K&H Original Pet Cot House is the best tent bed in our outdoor dog bed guide because it's easy to put together and features a wide canopy to keep the sun off your pooch. The elevated mesh platform facilitates airflow. The cot is available in three sizes to fit most dogs.
A battery-powered crate fan
Cool Pup Crate Fan
Whether you're traveling with your dog in a kennel, you need to be proactive to keep them cool. The Cool Pup Crate Fan is a battery-powered option that hangs inside the crate. It also has a built-in thermometer to help you monitor the temp in the kennel.
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