Tips to Keep Your Pet Hydrated
- August 7, 2020
- Fizzion Clean
Just like humans, your pet’s health depends on them staying hydrated. Water is essential for helping your pet maintain their body temperature, and it helps with digestion and waste removal. Encouraging your pet to stay hydrated, especially during the hot months of summer, will help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, kidney problems, and other health problems. It is recommended that dogs consume approximately one ounce of water for every pound of their weight. Unfortunately, pets tend only to drink when thirsty, so it’s up to you to make sure they stay hydrated. Here are a few tips to keep your pet hydrated.
Provide Wet Food
Your pet gets the bulk of their body’s water through the food they eat. So, to ensure your pet is getting the proper amount of water, especially when they aren’t drinking water from their bowl, consider adding water to their food. Water can be added to any food, whether it’s dry, canned, or raw. To get your pet used to eat food that is moister than usual, start by adding small amounts and gradually increasing it over time.
Provide Extra Water Bowls
Make sure to put a water bowl in all of the areas where your pet goes. For instance, instead of only having one water bowl near the food bowl in the kitchen, place a water bowl in the bedroom, living room, and outside. Check each bowl regularly to ensure there is enough water to last; this is especially important if your pet stays home alone while you are at work or school. It’s also essential to ensure your pet has access to fresh, clean water and clean the water bowls daily.
Take Water Bottles with you
Whether you are planning a road trip or merely an hour at the dog park, be sure to bring water bottles for your pet. Keep in mind that when you are out outdoors, your pet most likely is as well. If you don’t want to carry a travel water bowl with you, slowly pour water from a water bottle into your pet’s mouth.
It’s common for pets, especially dogs, to like licking ice cubes, so one of the easiest ways to get your pet to ingest water is by making them popsicles. There are a few different ways to make popsicles for your pet, such as freezing a tray of ice just for your pet or fill small freezer bags half full of water and freeze. To add flavor and encourage your pet to lick the popsicles try freezing chicken, beef, or vegetable broth and mixing the flavored popsicles with plain popsicles.
Avoid Going Out During Certain Times of the Day
When it’s hot outside, your pet doesn’t sweat, but it is still burning energy, leading to dehydration. The best times of the day to take your pet out are early mornings and evenings after the sun goes down. If your pet is outside, make sure to have a shelter for them to get out of the sun; the best option is a canopy, which provides shade and a breeze without blocking the heat inside a dog house.
You must know the signs of dehydration, which typically include loss of appetite, excessive panting, dry mouth, sunken eyes, decreased skin elasticity, and lethargy. If you suspect your pet may be dehydrated, move them indoors into the air conditioning or, if outdoors, place them in a shady area. Encourage small amounts of water at a time. If these steps don’t cool your pet down or are showing signs of getting worse, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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