The sun’s hot rays can be harmful for dogs as well as humans – but with the right outfit, your dog can beat the heat all summer long.

Coming to your rescue is the Swamp Cooler by Ruffwear, an innovate dog vest that you activate with water. Simply get it wet with cold water, wring it out, and put it on your dog. It uses the principles of evaporation and three different layers to keep your pet cool: the bottom layer cools, the middle layer absorbs and the top mesh layer facilitates evaporation. Re-wet it as needed to make sure your pup remains cool.

In addition, the Swamp Cooler’s light-colored fabric reflects sunlight and ultraviolet rays for additional sun protection. (Just be aware that if your dog likes to roll around in the dirt, it may get dirty!) The Swamp Cooler is ideal for walking, hiking, biking or doing any other activity in the heat of the summer. Dogs with dark coats or thick coats are especially in need of cooling off!

Retailing for $54.95, the Swamp Cooler is available in sizes XX-Small through X-large. Users say it’s best in dry climates like Arizona and Nevada, but in humid climates like Florida, the water may not evaporate fast enough to make the product effective.

Amanda Pendolino

Amanda has been writing for several entertainment, tech, shopping and business websites since 2009. A resident of Los Angeles, she also works as a screenwriter, script reader and tutor. She's obsessed with film and TV, and is not afraid to admit that her Samsung Galaxy SIII is her most prized possession.