Top 10 Dog Accessories for Summer

summer accessories and toys for dogs

What must-have accessories does my dog need this summer?

Although “dog accessories for summer” may suggest sunglasses and beach bags, here at the zooplus magazine we know that dog owners are more interested in the handy items than can help to keep your dog comfortable and cool this summer. This helpful article will tell you all about the essential products we have to offer that can ensure every canine can safely and happily enjoy the sunny heatwaves we are all hoping for! Whether you are looking for fun toys to keep your dog occupied on the beach, or innovative cooling solutions for the daft dog that loves to sunbathe, here at zooplus we’ve got you covered!

1. Doggy Paddling Pool

Taking that cooling feeling to the next level! The Doggy Paddling Pool is a great summer accessory for your dog to cool off this summer, as well as providing hours of fun in the garden. It is made of tough plastic with a ribbed base to prevent slipping and stable side walls. This way even boisterous water play will not result in the sides collapsing and water spilling everywhere. Although we can’t guarantee your dog won’t enthusiastically splash a fair amount around! It is easy to clean and can be folded down to take away with you – simply bring the dog paddling pool with you and your dog no longer needs to spend its summer shut inside with the air-con blaring! Dog water games and outdoor toys can add to the fun, as your dog will love playing with a floating dog toy and splashing around.

2. Keep Cool Cooling Mat for Dogs and Cats

The Keep Cool Mat can be a lifesaver for any dog during the hot summer weather. It offers a comfortable place for your dog to relax, with a cooling effect that is activated by body contact. The mat does not require pre-cooling or electricity, helping your dog to regulate its body temperature. Simply place it in the shade and let your dog enjoy the cooling sensation! The two different sections ensure that the gel does not get pushed out of the way. This cooling mat also makes for an ideal waterproof dog bed. It can be placed inside your dog’s usual sleeping area and wiped clean if it gets wet or dirty. It also folds down, making it perfect for use on the go or for taking on holiday with you.

3. KONG Aqua Dog Toy

What would a summer accessories for dogs list be without a toy recommendation? Fill your dog’s paddling pool with plenty of fun dog water games and outdoor toys! This KONG Aqua dog toy fits the bill perfectly, made from robust natural rubber that bounces around wherever it is thrown. It features a foam centre that allows it to float on the surface of water. This makes it easier for your dog to see and fetch. Throwing this floating dog toy using the attached cord will help to send it flying even further, providing your dog with a true chasing adventure. This floating outdoor toy is a must for your dog’s summer entertainment!

4. Trixie Friends on Tour Bicycle Bag

Ideal for transporting your small dog during hot weather, this bicycle bag provides not only comfort, but also protection from the sun. It is easily removable so can act as a transportable dog house when you're down the beach for a picnic.

5. Slip Leads

If your dog loves to play in water and roam around freely but occasionally needs popping on a lead, a slip lead or a long line could be the ideal solution, providing you with more control over your dog’s movements without restricting it or stopping your dog from having fun. Choose from a range of different options to meet your dog's specific needs, all made from durable material. This Hunter Retriever Slip Lead is particularly suitable, as you do not need to use a collar that could get caught on branches or get your dog stuck in an unwanted situation.

6. Pet Head Oatmeal Paw Butter

As well as being a time for fun, the summer can have a negative effect on sensitive paws. Here at zooplus you will also find some dog-care essentials. This Pet Head Paw Butter can help combat the nasty results of walking on hot pavements – paw pads can easily be burnt by sun-warmed tarmac, particularly if paws are damp after splashing about in the water. This butter can help soothe cracked paw pads and offer protection against future injury.

7. Flea & Tick Care

Keeping on the topic of dog wellbeing and care, the nasty subject of fleas and ticks needs to be addressed at this time of year. Along with the fun of the sun comes an increased risk of unpleasant pests troubling your pet. Make sure these pesky creatures cannot ruin the summer for your dog. Zooplus has a range of flea and tick treatments. There’s something for everyone in our zooplus dog shop!

8. SnuggleSafe Microfibre Towel

After all that fun splashing around, drying your dog off can be a bit of a chore. This SnuggleSafe Microfibre Towel is highly absorbent and extremely effective, ensuring your dog can get through the unhappy business of being towel-dried in record time. The microfibre quickly draws out moisture – simply wrap your dog up and let the material do all the work!

9. Drinking Fountains & Travel Bowls

These dog accessories for summer can be literal life-safers. Keeping hydrated is just as important for your dog as it is for you, especially in the sweltering summer weather! Encouraging them to drink can sometimes be tricky, especially if water is still and warm. A dog water fountain can often provide the solution, keeping water moving at all times and providing a fresh, delicious taste that your dog will love. It can encourage your dog to drink more and can make the whole process more fun! If you are out and about, a travel water bowl or bottle will also be essential. Finding yourself out in hot weather without a water bowl can be extremely problematic for your dog, so be sure to always have a practical accessory such as the Hunter Road Refresher Travel Bowl.

10. Waterproof beds

At the end of a long day playing in the sun, dogs love to curl up in a comfortable bed. Here at zooplus we offer a great range of waterproof dog beds and washable dog beds, the perfect solution if your dog wants to climb straight into bed without being groomed or dried first.

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