BBS Product Spotlight: Keeping Cool in the Summer
Outdoor summer activities with pets are a great way to spend the warm summer days ahead. Unfortunately, summer comes with a few health concerns. Seasonal pet safety is hugely important to BestBullySticks so we’ve put together a short list of products to help your pup beat the heat.
Luckily for us, we can strip down to bathing suits to stay cool — but Fido is stuck with the fur! A dogs don’t sweat either, the only way they can cool off is by panting. Unfortunately for breeds with longer hair, painting isn’t quite enough to cool down during the dead of summer.
Hydration is key — but sometimes it’s hard to keep a fresh bowl of water on hand. Thanks to the Handi-Drink Portable Bottle/Bowl, fresh water is no longer out of reach for dogs. Designed to fold for storage and small enough to fit into a cooler, it’s an easy way to give your dog cold water on a hot summer day.
Besides keeping cool water on hand at all times, consider some summer apparel for your pet. TechKewl’s Phase Change Cooling Dog Coat can help cool your dog down on even the hottest of days. Simply place it in the freezer for 30 minutes before use and it’ll keep your pup chilled out for hours! If you're lucky enough to own a dog who takes to water like a duck, the dangers of overheating can be minimized. Swimming not only gives dogs a great way to cool off, it’s loads of fun too! Just make sure you supervise your dog during pool-time.
Surprisingly enough, dogs can get sunburned too! Look for pet-safe sunscreen formulas and apply it to less furry areas like the nose, tips of the ears and belly. Sunscreen for pets isn’t terribly effective — the best way to prevent overheating or UV damage is to provide ample shade.
Summertime fun isn’t just about the beach. If you go camping, consider bringing along the HyperKewl Evaporative Cooling Dog Pad. A portable blanket that absorbs, stores and releases moisture through evaporation, it can produce a 15-20 degrees lower ambient temperature for your dog to escape the heat.
It’s hard enough for us humans to beat the heat, and doubly so for our furry friends. Watch out for any signs of exhaustion or heat stroke. If in doubt, take your pet to a cooler area immediately and seek veterinary care.
However you provide your dog shelter from the heat this season, make sure you keep a keen eye on them and be sure to have fun!