How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Car

July 31st, 2015 by

How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Car

If you’re a dog lover like us, you probably know how important it is to keep your dog cool in the car during the hot, summer months. Without knowing it, cars can exceed temperatures of 120 degrees in just minutes on a warm summer day. Dogs can suffer brain damage, suffocate, or even die from a heatstroke if left a hot car. We’ve provided some tips below on how you can help to keep your dog cool in the car while you’re traveling.

  1. Window Shades – Adding shades to the windows that repel the sunlight will keep the car cooler for much longer. You can find window shades at nearly any store in the automotive aisle or baby aisle.
  1. Battery-Powered Fan – If you need to leave your car to run into the store for just a few minutes, it could be a few minutes too long for your dog. In addition to the window shades, you can use a battery powered fan to promote air circulation in the vehicle, helping to keep your dog cooler. You can find a battery powered fan in the camping section of your local conveniece store.
  1. Seat Cover – Using a small, thin plastic seat cover will not only help with dog hair from getting everywhere, it keeps your dog much cooler than if they were sitting in cloth/leather seats. Seat covers can be found in the automotive section of any store.
  1. Pack a Cooler – Keep a cooler filled with fresh water and even an ice pack so when you do stop you can give your dog a drink of cool water and cool him down with the icepack.

We hope these tips will help you out on your next doggy road trip. And please remember to never leave your dog alone in a hot car for any amount of time! For more on the dangers of leaving your dog in a hot car, click here.