As warmer weather has finally arrived in Nova Scotia (Sun! For more than eight hours in a row!) I’ve started to worry about keeping my dog cool during the heat of the day. Last summer she had a nasty bout of heat stroke and I’d really like to avoid putting her (and my rug) through that again. Since dogs have a naturally high internal temperature and over-heat very quickly, I try to do everything I can to keep Shiva comfortable.
Her crate is in one of the cooler spots in the house and I make sure to keep the windows open to allow for a breeze, while closing the blinds to counter the heat of the sun. She always has fresh water and I’ve been popping a crunchy ice-cube in her Kong in the middle of the frozen peanut butter.
I know there are a number of products on the market to make life a little easier for furry puppies during the summer months. One that automatically peaked my interest was the Canine Cooler, which is like a Chillow for dogs.
According to the website, you just fill this dog bed with tap water, smooth out the air, and the bed will maintain room temperature, providing a cooling effect for dogs. There are some pretty funky thermal images on the site that show how this simple idea really does help prevent a dog from over-heating. It would be perfect for inside her crate when we are not at home.
Unfortunately, the price is a bit of a drawback. Not that my dog’s well-being isn’t priceless but I am reluctant to spend this kind of money not knowing if it will actually help.
On another site, I found this weird-looking cooling bandanna. The price is much more palatable but even the dog in the promotional photo looks uncomfortable.
There is also a vest made with the same technology used by soldiers in Iraq (so says the website anyway). But I am not sure Shiva would keep this on. I have a feeling as soon as that door is closed behind us, she’d be ripping it off.
North Coast Pets has some other options. I kind of liked the idea behind the cooling crate fan. Shiva isn’t bothered by noises and since it runs off batteries I wouldn’t have to worry about wires or potential electrical disasters.
Have you tried any of these products? Can you recommend anything else?
On weekends I am not as worried as we can always walk down to one of the many lakes and
force her encourage her to stick her feet in the water. A friend of mine with a gorgeous Bernese Mountain dog purchased a kiddie wading pool for her dog to lie in when it’s ridiculously hot outside (not that I am complaining about the heat). I don’t see Shiva joining her anytime soon.
I’d love to hear any suggestions you have, especially from those who live in the south where it is hot for most of the year. How do your dogs stay cool?
ETA: For some reason, none of my photos are showing up in this post, so I apologize for its lack of visuals. I assure you I had some great ones! Self-hosting snag number 4859679.
ETA2: Ahahahaha! I am an idiot and don’t know how to upload plug-ins properly. Ahem. Carry on.