1. A fast-drying doggy sunscreen, made with moisturizing aloe vera, that'll help protect your pup from sun rays. It can also provide some relief for dried, cracked skin. All you have to do is spray or rub it on exposed areas — don't forget their snout and ears!
Warren London is a small biz making dog grooming products that help with all kinds of skin problems.
Promising review: “This product is so helpful. My poor pup has a white-spotted nose and it gets sunburnt so easily, along with the inside of his ears. So I just spray a little of this when he decides to sunbathe and he hasn’t been burnt since!” —Danielle Fender
Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in a two-pack).
2. Or a can of Epi-Pet spray-on sunscreen to protect your pup from getting sunburned while also conditioning their coats. Plus, it's water- and sweat-resistant.
Promising review: "Love this product. The aerosol canister allows quick application at all angles (i.e. armpits, groin). Aerosol also goes on light and even, quickly drying. Is the largest bottle of sunscreen available so need to order less. Top has locking lid to keep little kids out. When it says 'meets the FDA guidelines,' it means for ingredient stability and safety. Proven to stay good for a year with normal storage. Waterproof and 'lick-safe' once dry. This dries almost instantly. It isn't greasy, though you will notice a slight difference in coat texture—kind of feels like a very fine dusting of talc powder—but hands come away clean. Smells nice (vanilla). Blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and contains five different sunscreen ingredients (as found in human sunscreens), in addition to skin conditioners. Rates equivalent to 30–40 SPF (you only get to say 'equivalent' because the SPF scale was developed using human skin). Brand respected and carried by veterinary dermatologists. Introduce the new sound and smell of this product with treats and praise, and your dog will love it as much as mine does!" —1project2many
Get it from Amazon for $17.95.
3. A portable water dispenser because it makes it easier to carry water for your fur baby. The water dispenses in a bowl, and any unused water goes right back in with the press of a button. This is perfect for walks, hikes, picnics, and days at the park.
Promising review: "It's very easy to use: Just press the button and tilt forward, and water comes out almost like a small waterfall. If your dog doesn't finish what's in the bowl, simply press the button and tilt back, and the water will flow back into the bottle. The bottle is made of thick, study plastic that seems to combat some of the heat from outside. It was absolutely perfect for my 6-pound Chihuahua. I HIGHLY recommend this bottle!" —Breanna Rodriguez
Get it from Amazon for $14.98+ (available in two sizes and three colors).
4. Or a splash-free silicone dog travel bowl perfect for long drives and road trips so your furry BFF will not get dehydrated (or spill water everywhere).
Promising review: "I love this thing. I was definitely skeptical but it is sort of miraculous how the water stays in the bowl. (It is even a little tricky to dump the water on purpose because of the design.) I needed a bowl so my pup could have water at all times during a cross country road trip. It doesn't slide around, and didn't spill. He has even stepped on it and it barely splashed. Perfect. Totally recommend." —Siena
Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two colors).
5. A hot spot and itch relief spray because warmer weather = mosquito bites, and they're no fun. This spray will help your pet stay happy this summer because it's formulated with hydrocortisone to help reduce swelling, itching, and redness associated with insect bites, allergies, and skin conditions.
Promising review: “This stuff is amazing! I have a few different kinds of sprays and shampoo and this particular actual seems to help my dog instantly! He doesn’t even try to get away when I’m putting it in him unlike other anti-itch or medicated pet sprays!” —Cher/Cheryl Sever
Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
6. A self-cooling pet mat to keep your doggie comfy during those hot days. It's non-toxic, soft, and lightweight. It can help your pup cool down up to three or four degrees just by touching it! And, if you have other pets in your home, it's also great for cats.
Promising review: "If your dog gets warm easily, BUY THIS! This cools mine right down and she loves it! I put it on her dog bed, on the ground, or in her crate and she automatically gravitates toward it. I’ve had it for four months and can verify that it holds up well. I machine-wash mine and hang it up to dry and have had no issues with it staying cool." —Beth
Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in four sizes and four colors).
7. A foldable swimming pool so you can make it the most epic summer ever for your pup without much of an effort. I mean, who wants to assemble or blow up a pool when it's hot out? This is so easy to unfold, so your pup can ~soak~ up the best part of summer ASAP.
Promising review: “The dogs LOVE this pool. They definitely prefer it over the hard plastic pools. I think it's because the bottom is not slippery like the hard plastic and they didn’t feel confident walking in those. It’s very simple to clean and refill.” —CleverScreenName
Get it from Amazon for $29.99.
8. And a floating ring to make a pool day even more exciting.
9. A pack of four instant-cooling bandanas that you can wrap around your dog in several ways to keep them nice and cool during a walk on a hot day. You can wet it, wring it out, and then place it around your dog for instant relief, or you can place a wet one in the fridge for a little while before use.
Promising review: "I ordered these to help my pup stay cool during the summer months. I wet them and stuck them in the fridge for a couple of hours before putting one on my dog. They stay cool for a couple of hours. I would rotate them throughout the day, putting one on my pup while the others cooled, and it turned out to be super helpful to help her keep cool in a house with no AC. I ended up using them on my neck too." —Xw
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
10. And a covered, elevated outdoor bed so your pup can get some relief after a long walk. It's made of breathable mesh that provides a cool surface. And, since it's off of the floor, it allows air to circulate.
Promising review: "Got this for my 24-pound dog, as he usually lies on the concrete patio when we’re all outside with the sun blazing down on him. Got it set up and didn’t even have to coax him onto it. He loves it! He’s so comfortable, and definitely cooler with that canopy over him. It’s also held up well through the heat, rain, and some surprising strong windstorms. Definitely recommend." —Prairie Dove
Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors).
11. A pair of dog sunglasses because they won't just make your pup look cool, they can also help protect their eyes from sunlight irritation. Plus, your doggy will be able to hide behind these so they can ignore that yappy dog at the park that's always hatin' — no shade 😎.
These attach to your dog's head with an adjustable elastic cord, so they'll stay put.
KayKos Dog Shades is a small biz based in Juan Capistrano, California that sells glasses for dogs and super cute bandanas with a secret pocket.
Promising review: "My dog finds them comfortable and loves to wear them for car rides to keep the sun out of her eyes. Literally every person takes a picture of her at stoplights. So I’m happy to spread some joy around Southern California. Thank you for the great product!" —chrisdola
12. A paw-activated water fountain for your yard, that'll allow your dog to get a sip of water whenever they need to instead of having to whine. All you have to do is attach the base to a hose and when your pup steps on the pad, water will squirt out.
Promising review: "My dog loves playing in and drinking water especially when it's hot outside! It took me only about 20 minutes to teach her how to use it. She weighs 127 pounds and this fountain has held up well. It is good quality and has provided a lot of entertainment especially on hot summer days." —A. L. B.
Get it from Amazon for $52.99.
13. A portable shower attachment so you can cool your fur-baby off during a hike when there's no hose in sight. And, it's also perfect if you need to clean them off when they just had to jump in a muddy puddle. This fits on most 2-liter bottles.
14. A pair of matching baseball hats because what's the point of being a pawrent if you can't wear matching accessories with your fur baby? Warning: everyone will be so jelly at the park.
Promising review: "These hats are adorable for taking my dog to the beach! And he actually kept the hat on and liked it, unlike other hats I've tried on him. It definitely blocked the sun for him. And he got SO many compliments!" —Anne Beckerle
Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four sizes and three colors).
15. A doggy sprinkler pad so your four-legged *kiddo* will be able to have a blast this summer. All you have to do is connect it to a hose and it'll spray water. Grab your bathing suit, because you won't be able to resist jumping in yourself.
Promising review: "We're already hitting triple digits in Arizona, and I wish I'd found this wonderful splash pad years ago. Both of our dogs lost their minds with happiness when I set this up. They had a fantastic playtime with both the fountain effect and just tromping around inside the pool. Great way for them to cool off and get some exercise when it's just too hot for their normal trail runs. Reasonably priced with easy setup right out of the box, and it held up very well against their rough play. Seems very durable and looking forward to an entire summer of cool playtime in the desert heat! Highly recommend if your dogs love water. This would be fun for small children as well!" —Kayce
Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in six sizes and five styles).
16. A portable pet SlumberPod because all you'll have to do is attach it to a fan to provide a cool and private oasis for your dog.
BTW: A fan is not included. And, make sure you measure your crate before purchasing.
SlumberPod is a mother-and-daughter-owned small business making comfy and cozy sleeping/privacy pods for babies and pets.
Promising review: "These little slumber pod blackout tents are very well constructed and do a great job of blacking out while allowing air flow into the crate making for peace of mind for me and a restful night for my puppy." —Erin
Get it from SlumberPod for $19.99 (originally $99.99).
17. A mesh harness to help your dog stay cool during a walk. Unlike other harnesses, this one allows air-flow which can help prevent your dog from overheating.
BTW: This also includes a matching leash! And, it's easy to put on and take off because it has openings at the neck and chest.
Choke Free Dog Harness is a small business that sells dog vests, shirts, hoodies, coats, leashes, and more.
Promising review: "Awesome fit and I love the mesh. I live in Arizona and this is nice for my dog. Loving the Velcro. I adopted Harley and he suffered from past trauma. One of his eyes had to be removed, his front teeth were broken off, and he old fractures. He was so afraid to have a collar or a harness that had to fit over his head but with this harness he has no problem. It is very secure." —Susan
18. A set of four paw-protectors because they'll keep your dog's feet dry when it's raining and protect their paws from the hot pavement. Plus, they'll look super stylish walking around with these on.
Promising review: "I got these shoes because I live in Texas and the pavement here gets scorching hot in the summer and my dog's feet burn when I take him out. I have a 60lb Austrian Shepard and I got a size 5 and they fit him almost perfect. Could maybe do a size 4 but I like the way the size 5 fits. Easy to get them on and they stay on so well. He doesn’t seem to mind wearing them. These were a perfect solution!" —bailey
Get a set of four from Amazon for $28.99 (available in eight sizes and six colors).
19. A dog ice cream mix that's so easy to make — just add water and freeze! Now, you'll be able to spoil your pup with a delicious, cold treat without having to share your own dessert with them.
BTW: Reviewers suggest using this as a sneaky way to get your dog to take their vitamins or mediations.
Promising review: "Bought 'birthday cake' doggy ice cream. Ingredients are people-friendly. Difference: lactose-free. Cara just loved it! It’s her after-dinner treat, and judging from the banging bowl as she makes sure not to miss any — it’s 'good to the last drop.' I must say I tried it and it’s not bad! Highly recommend." —Marrianne B.
Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five flavors).