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If you live in the Valley of the Sun, you know how challenging it can be to provide Fido with quality outdoor play and exercise during the summer. At East Valley Animal Hospital we all have our own pets and know that heatstroke and heat rash are real risks as temperatures rise. For that reason, we wanted to share a few of our favorite summer dog toys.
Doggy Pool-Lake-Beach Toys
Since Arizona enjoys pool weather most months of the year, we realize a lot of our pet owners have a pool in their own backyard. And with a few lakes in the region, day trips to cool off on the water are also quite popular.
Here are four of our favorite pool and waterside toys for dogs on the market:
1. Pool or Lake Floating Skipping Stones
Skipping stones is a nostalgic activity for many. And now you can make it a game with you and your furry friend, while giving them fun exercise in the water. The great thing about this dog water toy is that it never gets waterlogged, and its bright, neon color makes it easy to spot from a distance—so your dog can easily retrieve it from the water.
Buy It Here. ~$12
2. Flying Fish Floating Dog Toy
These 9.5-inch tall floating rubber retrieving toys are great for medium to large sized dogs.
Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, lake, or beach, these brightly colored fish are excellent for playing with Fido. They’re made of solid premium rubber and are gentle on teeth and gums.
Buy It Here. ~$12
3. Kong Floating Fetch Toy
Two reasons we love Kong dog toy products are: they’re safe, and they clean your pup’s teeth while he chews. And now with this aqua option, your furry friend can enjoy splashing about as he plays fetch!
Buy It Here. ~$16
4. Doggy Pool Float
Sometimes you just want to lounge in the pool without having to do any work; and your pup enjoys the same! You may be thinking, “Can’t my pup just use a human float?” You’ll be glad to know the benefit of this dog float is a paw-and-claw-friendly fabric covering and puncture resistant construction—ensuring no holes.
Buy It Here. ~$36
Land Toys to Keep Fido Cool
If you don’t have a pool and want some outdoor play options that will help keep your canine from overheating, try one of these fun land toys that involve water.
5. Portable Dog Pool
When the heat index is soaring, there’s nothing like a dip in the pool. And we know for a fact your pup will agree! If you don’t happen to have a pool in your backyard, a portable one will do the trick on those hot summer days! This doggy pool is constructed from extra-tough PVC material and made for long-lasting use. It’s a perfect dog toy or pet toy for your animal.
Buy It Here. ~$40
6. Outdoor Dog Pet Water Fountain
Staying cool and hydrated is key when Fido is playing outdoors in the summer. With this doggy water fountain, your pup can enjoy cool, fresh water whenever he steps on the pad. No more having to fill up outdoor water bowls that get hot and need to be refilled frequently! It also serves as a fun little game that can keep your pet wet and cool.
Buy It Here. ~$45
7. Dog Chew Toy Popsicle
While we wouldn’t recommend feeding your dog ice cubes to cool him down because aggressive chewers may break teeth, this frozen toy is safe for Fido and will offer him a little relief from the heat. Pets will feel pleasantly cool when licking this frozen rocket pop popsicle toy for dogs. A perfect accompaniment in the hot summer.
Buy It Here. ~$13
8. Stainless Steel Dog Water Bottle
While this summer pick is not exactly a toy, we cannot underestimate how important hydration is for your canine. This sleek stainless steel water bottle will keep Fido’s agua cool; and the lid can be used to both offer a sip of water or pour over your pet for a little cooling refreshment.
Buy It Here. ~$12
Your Local Vet in Gilbert
If you have questions about how to keep your pet cool in the Arizona heat, or about which dog toys are safe for Fido, give us a call at East Valley Animal Hospital. We pride ourselves on having respectful, compassionate interactions with our clients and their pets, and would consider it a privilege to care for your pet.