Now that the Breakup is over, Alaska is finally enjoying spectacular summer days. Many people look forward to this time of year, when the sun is already up when you rise and sets after you go to bed. However, these extended hours of sunlight sometimes bring challenges for dogs. To help them stay comfortable, here are somepet supplies that will protect them from UV rays, bugs, and dehydration.

How to Protect Your Dogs in the Summer

1. Sunblock

If your dog has fair or sensitive skin, products with SPF will prevent sunburn. Pet sunscreen is water soluble, nontoxic, and gentle, preventing skin irritation. Spray it on your pups before going on walks or to the dog park to keep them healthy and comfortable.

2. Insect Repellent

Spray-on insect repellents keep mosquitoes, flies, and other summer insects off your furry friend. This will keep them from scratching themselves and can even keep away bugs that carry heartworm disease. Make sure you use organic, all-natural products made with plant oils that don’t contain N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), a toxic repellent.

3. Protective Garments

If you don’t want to apply liquid repellents on your pet, insect shield dog garments provide the same effect. Bandanas, gaiters, T-shirts, tank tops, vests, and beds have insect repellent in the fabric and will last through several washes to keep critters away.

4. Water Bottles & Cooling Vests

The summer brings high temperatures, which can cause dehydration in animals. Travel water bottles have built-in bowls to help you keep your pup hydrated on hot summer days. Cooling vests are made from a special mesh that absorbs water and dissipates heat from your dog’s body, warding off heatstroke.

5. Dog Monitors

Dog monitors help you keep an eye on the temperature in your vehicle. If it gets too high while your pup is inside, you’ll receive an alert on your phone, allowing you to adjust the A/C to keep your pet comfortable. AK Bark offers a top-of-the-line model for Alaska trips.