blog_0816_08Just because things heat up in August, it doesn’t mean your pet has to be left at home or stuck inside. It just means some extra care and attention should be put into keeping them protected from the heat. To ensure your pet not only stays cool, but looks cool as well, we’ve put together a list of our six favorite “cooling” products. They are handpicked and pet-tested with love by our team here at Pet Pros.


1. Cooling Mats
To instantly give your pet a cool place to lie down when it is hot, come check out the PupIcicle pressure activated pet cooling mats. You can put them in your pet’s bed to keep them comfy and they are also great for trips. There is no pre-cooling required! The mat is pre-filled with a safe and non-toxic cooling gel.


2. Cooling Vests

Do you have an active dog that that loves to play and hike even when it’s warm outside? Or a dog that is heat sensitive? If so, we think you’ll love the ZippyPaws Cooling Vest that can help keep your pup cool for hours. The long-lasting cooling polymer crystals – which are sewn directly into the vest – absorb water and slowly evaporate. How “cool” is that?


3. Dog Paws’ Protectorsphoto courtesy
When you go out for a summertime walk with your dog, don’t underestimate how hot the pavement can get. It only takes a few minutes for your dog’s foot pads to burn!  If you can’t go out in the morning or evening when the pavement is cooler, try out one of these paw-protecting products.

  • These anti-slip Sport PAWks Dog Socks protect their paws and are re-usable and fun.
  • Pawz are made of natural rubber and are designed to go on easily and fit securely.

Note: Product selection varies by store.

4. Water Toys

Does your pooch love the water and love to retrieve? If so, here are some terrific toys to check out. Planet Dog Orbee Tuff balls with a rope are the ideal fetch toy! These toys are easy to spot in the water and on land, have a rope to toss with, no need to handle the slobbery ball, and they are made in the USA from eco-friendly plastics. Another favorite are the Ethical Pet Play Strong toys – fetch stick, bones and balls.  These super-tough toys stand up to repeated excursions and lots of active play!

The Chuckit!® Paraflight® Flyer is perfect for games of fetch! Whether you’re out in the yard or in water! The Paraflight Flyer features a soft rubber edge that’s gentle on your dog’s gums and teeth, but a strong multilayer nylon interior makes it durable for playtime. Bright colors give it increased visibility and help to prevent the flyer from getting lost. The aerodynamic shape is perfect for long distance games of fetch. Soars through the air and descends gradually, which allows your dog plenty of opportunities to run and jump after it. Floats in the water for even more fun.

(These are just a couple of our favorites – bring your pup in to check out our entire selection of water toys!).

5. Water On-The-Go
The Gulpy® BPA Free pet water dispenser is great for bringing with you anywhere your dog might need a quick drink of water. Great for hiking, biking, or simply walking your dog. This portable pet water dispenser has a convenient clip for attaching to your belt or pants and it is just the right size to fit in bicycle water bottle holders as well. The design of the Gulpy lets you quickly flip it open, and squeeze the bottle to give your dog just the amount of water they need at the moment.

6. Take-Along Travel Crates


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Natural shade is great for keeping your pet cool outside but if you can’t count on finding shade, a portable “pop-up” crate can help. It is great for travel, camping or for simple outings at the park because it is lightweight with mesh windows and easy-zip mesh door for air flow.

Note: Product selection varies by store.

We think your pets will love these products just as much as we do! But why not let them decide? Bring your pup in to one of our stores to let them help with the shopping. Our Pet Pros “pack members” are ready to help you find the perfect product for your furry companion.