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Top Dog Water Bottles to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

When you’re on the go, cupping your hands to make a water bowl for your dog isn’t easy and you usually end up wasting a lot of water. It’s important to keep your pet hydrated, so we’ve put together a few of our favorite Top Dog Water Bottles:

Popware H-DuO
We love the Popware H-DuO with collapsible travel bowl. The bottle has two 12-ounce watertight chambers so you can hold two different drinks simultaneously. Or if you prefer, put water on one side and small doggie treats (or food) on the other. The H-DuO is made of BPA-free material. The collapsible travel bowl clips onto the bottle, which makes it ideal for travel.
H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle
If you’re looking for a dog water bottle which is high tech and modern, check out the H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle. It’s designed so that the lid is the bowl. Your dog also gets his own bottle of water if you’re not into sharing your own. H2O4K9 products are designed for rugged use and years of re-use.
Highwave Dog Mug
This is an easy to use travel mug for your dog. Gently squeeze the bottle and water will fill the bowl. Release your squeeze and the water returns to the bottle. The adjustible velcro strap makes it easy to carry while on the go. This mug fits in a standard car cup holder and holds 20 ounces of fresh water. BPA free and made in the USA.
Gulpy Water Dispenser
The Gulpy Water Dispenser is part bottle and part bowl. Just flip to open and flip to close. If needed, gently squeeze the bottle to start water flow. Place the bowl on the ground or hold it in your hand and allow your dog to drink.
Pyrus Pet Travel Bottle
The Pet Travel Bottle from Pyrus is a portable bottle with a bowl which also doubles as a lid. It’s made from silicone and ABS plastic materials, which are safe and durable. Comes with a with carabiner clip.

Dog Cooling Vests – Great for Summer

It’s hot this summer and it doesn’t hurt to have a variety of ways to cool down your pooch. If you’re out for longer walks or taking a hike, it’s great to use a dog cooling vest.

How does it work?

Typically you dip in water (preferably cold water), wring dry and it helps to cool down your dog. Remember, most of your dog’s sweat glands are located around its paw pads. Dogs don’t really have sweat glands on on their torsos, so the cooling vest brings that cooling action like sweat would for humans. If the cooling vest is dipped in cold water, all the better.

Here are 2 great Dog Cooling Vest options:

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ruffwear swamp cooler Ruffwear “Swamp Cooler” Cooling Vest for Dogs
The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler uses natural evaporative cooling to keep your dog cool. Soak it in cold water, wring it out, and fasten around your dog. Evaporative cooling exchanges the dog’s heat as water evaporates from the coat’s reservoir. It’s light color is designed to reflect heat from the sun.
Hurtta Dog Cooling Vest
Dip in cold water – wring dry – cool down! Cools and gives your dog a feeling of comfort on hot days. Protects the heart region and chest, vital for circulation. This cooling vest has double the absorption capacity in comparison with terry cloth coats.

 

Top 5 Dog Life Jackets for Safety on the Water

If you’re taking your best friend out on the high seas or local lake, you’ll want to make sure you’ve outfitted him in the safest gear possible. Perfect for boating and sailing. As you put on your life jacket, don’t forget about your dog’s life jacket – you want to keep him safe too!

Here are some great dog life jacket options:

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ruffwear dog life jacket Ruffwear K9 Dog Life Jacket
This dog life jacket from canine outdoor adventure gear company, Ruffwear, scores top reviews. Perfect for dogs that love to join their humans rafting, kayaking, boating, surfing and paddle boarding, this life jacket is designed for dogs of all shapes and sizes. This premium, fully-featured dog life jacket has a strong handle, optimally positioned to lift dogs out of the water.
Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket
Dogs’ swimming abilities can vary dramatically depending on age and breed. Even “water” dogs can be susceptible to panic in strong currents. The Outward Hound award winning life jacket sports high visibility colors, multiple reflective strips, easy-grab handles, and outstanding floatation. It’s an ideal life jacket for dogs.
ezydog life jacket EzyDog Doggy Floatation Vest
The EzyDog life jacket combines top performing flotation with the comfort of life vest versatility. It also keeps your dog stylish with plenty of color options for your next trip out on the water. The grab handle makes it easy to take your dog out of the water. Adjustable neoprene straps form an ergonomic and secure fit.
Hurtta Dog Life Jacket Hurtta Life Jacket
The Hurtta Life Jacket is designed for use in swimming, water rescue, rehabilitation and boating. An adjustable belt and front allow the life jacket to fit most breeds of dog. The back of the jacket is fitted with sturdy handle so your dog can be easily lifted out of the water. A protective underbelly section distributes the dog’s weight over a larger area and keeps the jacket firmly in place.
1# Rated Dog Life Jacket in Europe!
WOpet Dog Life Jacket
Who says you can’t have a little fun with your dog safety! This comes in the shark (shown here) or fish tail versions. It has velcro and buckles around the waist and neck which are adjustable so you can tighten or loosen as much as you need. Will definitely be a crowd-pleaser at your next pool or boat party!

How to Help your Dog with Mosquitoes

“Dear Dogsized, My father’s border collie is constantly harassed by mosquitoes. Are there any dog-safe products for Charlie? – Kiku”

dog-mosquitoMosquitoes are definitely a problem for dogs! Not only do mosquitoes harass and bite dogs (as they do humans), mosquito bites can result in everything from an annoying itch to more serious parasitic diseases. Mosquito bites are also a primary cause of heartworm in dogs. If your dog has more hair (e.g. a chow) then they have more natural protection than say a bit bull or “bully” breeds. Regardless, those areas that show more skin e.g. nose, ears, eyelids, abdomen, groin and inside the legs are more prone to getting mosquito bites (and can also get sunburn).

There are plenty of things you can try to change in your environment to reduce the amount of mosquitoes, for example, avoiding stagnant water, using products containing oil of sandalwood or citronella and staying inside, especially in the early morning and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active.

Mosquito Repellent for Dogs

flys offTo protect your dog, do NOT use human mosquito repellents containing DEET on dogs. Instead, look for repellents formulated especially for pets that contain either permethrins or pyrethrins. Here are some dog mosquito repellent products for your dog to try:
Flys Off Spray
Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment
Pet Naturals of Vermont Protect Flea & Tick Repellent Spray
All Terrain Natural Pet Herbal Armor Insect Repellent Spray
Even if you use a mosquito repellent, make sure your dog is taking a heartworm preventative, such as Heartgard Plus, and also a topical treatment and prevention of ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies, and lice, such as K9 Advantix II.(see also our article on Advantix vs Frontline).

Mosquito Bite Treatment

Luckily there are some solutions to help your dog if he does get bitten. Treat bites with an antibacterial cream (e.g. Neosporin) to keep them from becoming infected. To help with the itchiness, you might also want to try Sulfodene or a Pet Hydrocortizone (Zymox).
Please see your veterinarian if the bites appear very large (i.e. possibly something in it) or if they do not heal or appear to be getting worse.