New Ways to Keep Pets Cool in Summer
Protect Your Pet’s Skin
While it may seem odd, it’s important to wear sunscreen if your pets are outdoors. Summertime is when pets are most at risk for melanoma. It’s just as important to give your dog protection while you’re out walking as it is for you to wear it.
Protective Clothing can help when your pets are outdoors in the heat. These fun PlayPup Sun Protective Shirts (or rashguards) are made from UPF 50+ sun protective chemical-free fabrics, highest rating for apparel/accessories. The fabric provides broad sun protection against harmful UVA and UVB sun rays without the need for any chemicals.
This is another fun shirt from UPF Shade Clothing. It’s great for pooches with sensitive skin. This fashionable, lightweight shirt is made from soft, quick-drying fabric that even features a rating of UPF 50+.
The Body Glove Pet UPF 50+ Dog Rash Guard Pet Shirt is another stylish way to protect your pet from the harmful rays of the sun.
If you just can’t see yourself dressing up your pets, give these cooling bandanas a try. The All for Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana is a good way to protect your dog from heat stroke. Just soak the bandana in water and the special material inside will do its work. Don’t hesitate to indulge your furry friends with a cooling bandana.
Before you head outdoors, use some sunscreen. It’s important for you and your pets. The one we suggest is Epi-Pet Sun Protector.
Epi-Pet Sun Protector is the Only FDA compliant sunscreen for pets. Sunscreeen is particularly important for hairless breeds or pets with short or very thin fur, white fur, pink skin and any outdoor dog. Epi-Pet Sun Protector is NOT FOR USE ON CATS.
Another sunscreen that we’ve not tried, but have heard good things about is Warren London’s Dog Suncreen. This is a more natural version of sunscreen that contains aloe vera, which we love.
Cooling Vests and Beds
We love talking about ways to keep pets cool in summer and we hope we’ve got most of the ways covered here, but just in case we missed anything, like how to keep feral cats cool or how to keep your hot pets safe in the pool, we hope you’ll take a look at the linked articles.
Keep Your Cool
When all else fails, we suggest picking up a portable air conditioning unit and a fan or two. We’ve burned through a lot of portable air conditioning units in our time, but the LG LP081 has held up for nigh on three years.
These types of coolers are not only valuable for your pets, but for you as well. If you just want a single room where you can chill out, this is one of the best air conditioning units. Remember that it needs to have a small area (about 1 cubic foot) where it can vent, or it won’t work properly.
We hope this gives you some idea on how to protect your dogs and cats from excessive heat. While it’s true that most dogs will weather the summer just fine, we do need to offer specific breeds and young or senior animals some additional support.
Please don’t forget your other species either. Horses and livestock need plenty of shade in summer, and your critters (like rabbits, ferrets and other creatures) generally do not handle heat well at all – so keep them indoors and out of trouble.