When the weather heats up, we aren’t the only ones that feel the effects of the rising temperatures. So if you and your pup are hitting the road this summer for a quick trip to the park or maybe a dog-friendly vacation, here are five ways to keep your pooch cool in your car. Of course, you should never leave your dog in the car unattended, but these quick cool down ideas will help while you are driving and your dog is your co-pilot.
1. Dog Cooling Mat- A cooling mat is a great option to quickly cool down your dog. The mats come in different sizes and can be laid out on a car seat or in the back of your car so that your dog can stretch out and cool off. Be sure to use the mat at home first so your dog knows that the mat will keep them cool in the car.
2. Pack Plenty of Cold Water- The easiest way to keep your dog cool in the car is to keep your pup hydrated. Pack a few extra bottles of water for you and your four legged friend every time you are in the car. Keep a travel bowl in your car and between stops, let your dog have a few drinks to cool himself off.
3. Keep the Car Cool- Having a cool car will help you and your dog on short and long trips. So try parking in the shade or giving your car just a few minutes of cooling down time before your dog gets in. If you park outside, use sunshades to cover the front and back windows.