MUTTerings: Summer Dog Stuff
As the dog days of summer set in, so does preparation for canine summer situations – heat, pests, play, and travel. Check out these 10 summer product picks.
Nikki Moustaki |
Posted: July 10, 2012, 3 p.m. EDT
Here are my 10 summer product picks. I either use these items myself or have seen them in use and they made an impression.
I’m in love with FrostyBowlz, a newcomer to the market. This is a beautiful heavy-gauge, dishwasher safe stainless steel bowl with a removable “FrostyCore” that you put into the freezer, and then insert easily between the bowl and the bowl’s non-skid plate, which also acts as an ant barrier. This bowl is essentially three products in one – a cooling bowl, a stylish bowl, and an ant-proof bowl. They market it for water, which is what I use it for, but I can also see it used to keep wet food cool in the summer months. In cooler months, you can use it as an attractive regular bowl without the cooling core.
Cool Zone Dog
Not just one product, but a bunch of cooling products to keep Poochie from panting in the summer heat. They have a cooling collar, a cooling vest, and even a cooling car seat mat, which is a great idea, since we know how hot cars get in the summer. Do I even need to mention here that you should never leave your dog alone in a car in the heat? I didn’t think so.
Summer months and outdoor fun turn your dog into a feast for biting insects. The generic-version of Frontline has recently been released, making flea and tick protection less expensive. I’m going to bang the tick-protection drum here because I’ve been suffering with Lyme Disease for over a year now, and I want to make sure that everyone knows how important it is to keep these pests off of your dog – which will help keep them off of you. Tip: If you go to their website, there’s a $5 off coupon.
The Company of Animals Flea and Tick Comb
This new flea and tick comb is small enough to keep on your keychain and is another line of defense against biting pests, which can create serious health problems for you and your pet. There have been times when I really needed one of these, and I’m glad I have one now!
Bionic Play Toys
Bionic is the new kid on the block of indestructible dog toys. I’m not going to pretend that I understand the technology that went into making the special kind of rubber used in these toys, but they float, they’re dishwasher safe, they’re cute, and my dogs like them – and can’t wreck them – which is all I really care about.
Planet Dog Mazee
Planet Dog’s Orbee-Tuff® Mazee™ is possibly one of the coolest dog toys I’ve ever seen, and my dogs go nutty for it. It’s a clear rubber ball with a hard maze in the center, the futuristic version of the stuff-able balls that make a dog roll them around for his treats – but now he can see the treats inside! Great for those rainy summer days when the dog park is drenched.
Dog Tag Art
Summer is for outdoor fun, so it’s critical that you have a dog identification tag on all of your dog’s collars and harnesses. You should always wash your dog with a collar on (so use an old collar for that purpose and make sure it has a tag on it). Same goes for swimming. I just found Dog Tag Art and ordered the cutest tags for my dogs – with their own photos on them! And, as an added bonus, each tag comes with the ability to create an online profile for your dog and the web address is on the tag – if someone finds your dog, getting him back to you is just a click away.
Petmate Curvations Carrier
The Curvations carrier from Petmate is the perfect “stow and go” for the little tykes. Great for the car, plane, and hotel room – and since it doesn’t look like a dog carrier, you can probably sneak Fifi into the movies too. And did I mention how cute it is? It looks like a 50s style make up carrier or hat bag – adorable! I’m hoping they’ll make a “Pearl sized” Curvations carrier someday for my “plus size model” mutt.
Earth Heart Travel Calm
If you travel with your dog this summer, check out Travel Calm from Earth Heart. It’s a natural mist designed to relax restless dogs and relieve stomach upset from car or plane travel. Simply mist the dog’s ears, tummy, and travel area (crate or bedding) and 90 percent of dogs show relief from the stress of going somewhere new.
Because You Love Them
Summer vacation can mean the use of a pet sitter, or at least a nice family member or neighbor that agrees to care for your dog while you’re away. This cool new service alerts your pet’s caregivers in case you don’t get home in time. You don’t want Fido sitting by the door, no food or water, waiting for you or a caregiver who won’t arrive. Suppose your flight is delayed for a day, or you have an unexpected emergency and can’t get home? Because You Love Them is your back up plan.
What’s your favorite summer dog product?
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