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Post by: Kenzie on May 31st 2018
Tips to Keep Your Pet Hydrated This Summer
With the summertime comes long days and hot weather, and while this means a lot more fun activities to do with your pet, it can also lead to dehydration if you're not careful. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pet hydrated this summer.
Always Have Clean Water Available
There should never be a time that your pet is deprived of having access to fresh, clean water. If you leave for any period of time, make sure that your pet has enough water available so that they don't run out before you get back, especially if they are being left outside. Change and wash their bowls out regularly to prevent bacteria growth and any dirt or dust contamination that could lead to health issues.
Feed Them Wet Food
Wet food is an often overlooked but very effective way to keep your pet hydrated. It contains a much higher water level than dry food, which can be a lifesaver for your pet in the hot summer days. This simple change in diet can replenish your pet in addition to drinking water. Just be sure to make the transition from dry to wet food gradually so that their digestive system can get used to the switch.
Bring Water with You
Just as you would bring plenty for yourself whenever you go out on a hot day, remember to bring some water for your pet as well. They can get easily dehydrated in the heat and can't be expected to wait until you return home for a drink. There are many options for water on the go for pets, such as travel water bowls, water bottles specialized for pets, and collapsible fabric bowls. If you're feeling thirsty, it's likely that your pet will be too.
Give Icy Treats
Some dogs love receiving ice cubes as treats, and it's a great way to ensure they are getting a good water intake. They're quick to eat and you can give multiple as you go throughout your sunny day. You can also get creative and make some popsicles specifically for your pet. They can be made out of plain water, fruits, veggies, peanut butter, or any other foods that are pet friendly. Not only will they be fun to make, but your pet will have a great time eating them too!
Add Water to Dry Food
If you don't want to make the switch to wet food or don't think your pet will do well with it, an alternative is simply moistening the dry food to add that extra bit of hydration to their diet. This can be an especially good idea for cats who are picky about changes in their food. You can simply add a bit of water or pet friendly broth to the dry food and it will be instantly higher in water content.
Know the Signs of Dehydration
In the hot summer months it is incredibly important to know the signs of dehydration in pets. Common signs can include sunken eyes, loss of skin elasticity, dry mouth and sticky gums, lethargy, loss of energy and appetite, and vomiting and/or diarrhea. An easy way to check for dehydration in pets is the skin test, gently grabbing a fold of skin on the back of their neck and then releasing it. If the skin snaps back to place, you don't probably don't need to worry, but if the skin slowly returns into place, there's a good chance they're suffering from dehydration. Either way, if you are worried your pet is dehydrated contact a vet immediately.
Keep Them in the Shade
Many of furry friends get much hotter much quicker than we do, and this can spell trouble in terms of their hydration. To keep them cooler, make sure they stay in the shade as much as possible whether they're just hanging out in your backyard or you're on a trip.
Know How Much Water Your Pet Needs
To make sure your pet stays hydrated, know home much water your pet needs to be comfortable. They should drink one ounce of water for each pound of their body weight. This can of course be altered depending on their activity level and diet. It's difficult to keep track of exactly how much water they drink throughout the day, but knowing how much they should be drinking will help you to keep a closer eye on their hydration levels.
You want your pet to have just as much of a good time as you this summer, and they can't do that if they are severely dehydrated. Give them plenty of water, make sure they have shade when they are outside, and consider pet door installation for easy indoor access. Take advantage of these tips to keep a watchful eye on your pet's hydration level and you'll both have a fun-filled summer.