Summer is officially here! Hearing about incidents of pets dying in parked cars on the news and social media, I felt it important to create a post to help spread awareness and give pet parents additional ways to keep their pets cool and comfortable this summer. Speaking of which, did you miss my other post Tips & tools to keep your dog and cat safe in the summer heat! Check it out and be sure the share to spread pet safety awareness in extreme temperatures.
This post will give you creative ways to keep your furry family members happy and comfortable in the heat. So, based on what is trending and my own experience, here are 12 summertime essentials for you and your pets!
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12 Summertime essentials for you and your pets!
1) COOLING MAT
Honestly, I had no idea about cooling mats until a few other pet parents brought it to my attention on my Facebook page as a great way to keep their cats and dogs cool. I remember when my cat Dusty was alive, she’d find her way into the tub in the bathroom to stay cool with her long Calico/Siamese fur.
A cooling mat, is a much better option. This way your pets can still hang out amongst family without being isolated. Check out this customer pick from Amazon!
2) COOLING COLLAR /COOLING BANDANNAS
A cooling bandana or collar is yet another idea I had not heard of until recently. Sure, we know there are plenty of fashionable choices for cats and especially dogs, but cooling bandanas? What will they think of next! They come in a variety of colors, look super cute and will help to keep your dog cool this summer.
3) COOLING WATER BOWL/WATER FOUNTAIN
It should go without saying that when you are on the go or staying indoors, water is essential for hydration. Keep water temperature cool and replenished for your pet with fresh water throughout the day. A few options are available depending on your circumstance. You can go with a traditional simple bowl or you can look into having a water fountain in your home.
I know my cat Dusty was more of a fan of dripping or cascading water then still water. I suppose she was thoroughly entertained by it as well. It was not uncommon for me to catch her playing in her water bowl with her paws.
Anyway, if you are on the go there are options for portable combination water bowls you can store and bring on the road. Here are a few options to consider for your pet.
4) WI-FI PET CAMERA
If you are planning on taking a trip or even just leaving for an extended period of time (for work) this Wi-Fi Camera is a great summertime must have for pet parents. Pet parents that want to keep an extra close eye on their beloved furry friends will love this item. (Honestly, I think it would make for a great holiday gift idea too.)
The Wi-Fi camera allows you to monitor your pet from your phone while you are away. A bonus feature is that some cameras also have a treat dispenser so you can give treats to your pet. So not only are you able to be rest assured your pet is safe and sound, you can also reward them for being well-behaved and holding down the fort at home. How cool is that?
5) ELEVATED PET BED
Elevated pet beds are exactly what it sounds like; a bed elevated off the ground. This is a great option for pet parents that want to help keep their dog comfortable and off the floor. If you have tile floors or concrete paving around your house, think of how the environmental temperature impacts the floor temperature. In winter it’s too cold and in summer high temperatures can be damaging to your dog’s paws.
So, having an elevated pet bed is a great option to keep them higher off the ground and comfortable. Additionally, the elevated beds have the benefit of being portable, provide good even support and avoid being chewed up like bedding with cushions can. Here is just one of many options to consider.
6) SUNSCREEN PROTECTION
Having sunscreen protection is a must in the summer for everyone. Both humans and pets need protection from the harsh weather elements. Whether that means having an umbrella to produce shade, or a sweater for a hairless pet, they need protection from the extreme temperatures.
Luckily, sunscreen protection is not just limited to use humans. Now they have sunscreen for dogs too. Who knew? I know I was unaware, but pleasantly surprised. To check out the options of non-toxic sunscreen for your pet, consider these options.
7) PET TRAVEL BAG/ ORGANIZER FOR HUMANS
If you are planning a day trip or family vacation with your furry friends it’s very helpful to have an organizer so you can pack the essentials you’ll need and store them easily. Don’t ruin your overnight bag with pet hair and odor. Get a portable pet organizer. This comes in handy when traveling on vacation or on a road trip.
Keep all your pets’ toys, grooming tools, water bowls, food and treats all in one place. Having a separate organizer for Fluffy’s essentials will make traveling on the road a little easier. Check out this customer pick!
When the weather gets hot or there is change of season my cats used to shed, shed, shed and then shed some more. One thing that is important to do to help keep your furry family member comfortable is stay on top of your grooming routine.
I loved a tool called the Furminator back in the day and it helped removed several ounces if not a full pound of hair from my Dusty. (We used to call her Fluffy butt for a reason! She had that much fur everywhere!)
Removing excess fur not only is beneficial for you (and your furniture) it helps reduce matting and excess fur or insulation that keeps pets warm. In extreme heat like summer anything you can do to help them keep cooler and be more comfy is beneficial to their health and well-being.
9) TRAVEL TOWEL
Sometimes when you are on the move with your pet, they may get wet at the beach or playing in water. So having a handy towel to help dry them off would be helpful. Consider getting a travel towel designed especially for your pet and keeping it in the car trunk or packing it with your pet’s essentials.
These towels are handy for drying off pets, especially dogs/cats with lots of hair which means drying time is cut in half instead of taking forever. These handy towels work well for drying your cat/dog, also absorbing water from outside the tub on the floor or even using at the beach after playtime in the water.
They come in all different colors and designs. Here are few Amazon picks!
10) MOBILE PET BEDS/PET STROLLERS
If you are on the move and traveling but still wish to keep your pets as calm as possible, you may want to consider getting a mobile pet bed as an option. For example, have you heard of Sleepy Pod pet beds? These mobile pet beds are designed for small dogs and cats. What makes them so special? They are designed to be used at home like a regular bed but have a zipper closure so when it’s time to go to the vet or on the road, you can zip on a cover and go!
Since your pet is already used to their mobile pet ped all the time, they are more relaxed than if you had to go through the whole pre -vet visit let me get the carrier out situation that makes them anxious and on edge. You know what I’m talking about!
Sleepy pods make for a great option. They also are designed so you can put them in the backseat of your car and strap in your pet safely for that road trip. Additional accessories and attachments are available too.
GET SOME WHEELS
If a mobile pet bed isn’t quite for you and you have an elderly pet, one with mobility issues or a special condition that limits their ability to get outside in the sunshine, consider a pet stroller. Oh yes! If you didn’t already know, pet strollers are growing in popularity. We know time waits for no man and that includes pets too. However, just because they are getting older or may have a disability, does not mean they are doomed to stay indoors 24/7.
A great way to help assist your pet is by getting a pet stroller. This is beneficial because there is no extra effort needed from your pet. Also, as a pet parent it is more comfortable to get around with your pet by pushing a stroller vs. physically carrying them.
Also, additional benefits of a stroller include sun guard/visor attachment to keep the hot sun from harming your pet if out too long, also think about their paws. They don’t have to walk on the hot pavement and burn their paws. Does this sound like a good idea to you? Check out these customer picks!
11) PAW BALM
Speaking of burning paws, it’s extra helpful to be prepared in the summertime, especially knowing extreme temperatures can harm your beloved furry family members. If you have a dog and they love to spend time outdoors on the pavement or the sand, take heed. When the temperature is scorching hot, they can burn their paws and damage them.
If this happens, of course please call and check with your vet first. However, one item I came across that has great reviews from dog parents is Paw balm. This product is great for keeping paws moisturized, reduce inflammation, healing and conditioning of skin on the paw beds. If your dog has issues with cracking skin this may help.
Could this product help your dog? Here’s a customer pick!
12) PORTABLE PET TENT
I remember as a young adult buying a tent for the beach and loved it! My own secret hideout, out of the glaring sun and could have a picnic unbothered if I wanted to as well. Now just imagine this for your pet. Bring them along on your camping trip or beach vacation getaway and pack the pet tent.
While you are on the beach sun bathing your pet can be safe inside the tent napping without overheating. Secondly, a pet tent is great for other outdoor activities like camping as well. This is another great option for sun protection and also protection from those pesky mosquitoes. Your cat or dog can have a space they can have on their own.
Looking for options? Take a look at these customer picks!
Those are my top 12 summertime essentials for you and your pet! Would you add anything else? What must have items do you use that you cannot live without in the summertime? Do you use any special items to keep your pet cool and comfortable during this time of year? Share your thoughts and tips below.
Originally published 7/2018. Updated 6/24/2020.