Is Pet Hydration Serious?

With the warmer weather creeping in, we need to prepare for the much-needed pet hydration plan for our pets! Staying hydrated is essential to keep cool. The amount of water dogs should be having every day is about 1 ounce of water for every pound that they weigh. To put it visually,  a 20-pound dog needs about 3 to 4 cups of water. 

Pet Hydration

Weather exposure such as the summer temps will cause your pet to pant in order to cool off, losing the water in their bodies quicker. So shade and plenty of fresh clean water are needed at all times.

Yes, they should be drinking pure clean fresh water. This means no water from the swimming pool, ocean, lakes, or rivers. Prevent dogs from drinking this bad water by watching over them and keeping them on a leash to control where they can and cannot go. Make sure to have plenty of fresh clean water in all their indoor/outdoor environments and safe spaces.  

Get your dog to drink their water by using pet fountains, scatter additional water bowls, use bowls of different materials, or add some ice cubes to the water. Dogs need to stay hydrated and cooled during the summertime. So make sure to provide them the needed essentials to get them hydrated. 

Filtered Water VS. Tap Water

Tap water is safe ONLY if the water quality is cleaned and treated. Keep in mind that water from the tap comes from a plant that is treated for consumption so it is safe for use. Before giving your pet water from the tap, test the water to make sure that the flow is actually safe, and keep testing it every year or if you notice any changes to the filtration. 

Filtered water, on the other hand, is the most ideal way to provide pets with hydration. Given that the tap water is not tested for certainty, there could be harmful contaminants in the water. Filtered water is great as it may provide the minerals that are safe and needed for pet consumption. 

So, yes, either filtered water or tap water is fine for pets. Just make sure that both ways are providing a clean, safe water flow. 

Wondering how to get your dog to drink their water throughout the day? Here are 5 tips for easy pet hydration.  

Portable Hydration

Going on outdoor activities with your pet? Make sure to pack a portable water bowl and a bottle of water. Always take regular breaks for water and try to encourage them to drink if they are hesitant. With physical exertion and extreme heat, pets could quickly become dehydrated.

Try Wet Food and Treats

Here’s a switch, ask your veterinarian if incorporating wet food into your pet’s diet is okay for your pet. Wet food contains higher moisture content compared to dry food. For a summer treat you can give your pet some treats rich in hydration. Try frozen seedless melon or low-sodium chicken broth ice cubes. 

Watch for  Water Intake

Watch out that your pet is not overhydrating themselves. If they are consuming more than they usually do, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue. With excessive thirst or a sudden decrease in water consumption, visit your vet for a quick check up.  

Look for Hydration Signs

As responsible pet owners, it is important to know the signs of dehydration in pets. Look for symptoms such as  dry gums, sunken eyes, lethargy, loss of appetite, dry skin, and excessive panting. If you see these signs, call your veterinarian immediately.

Avoid Outdoor Activities

The outdoor activities you engage in with your pets can have an impact on their health. Avoid walking or exercising during the hottest parts of the day, and always provide shade and rest during your outdoor adventures. When you do go outdoors,  always carry water for both you and your pet to avoid any heat strokes or severe dehydration.

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