National Pet Hydration Month
As July is PetSafe’s National Pet Hydration Month , we at Jeffers believe it’s important to not only think about your water intake, but also your furry friends! Whether your pet lives indoor or outdoor, make sure to keep a steady supply of water nearby to curb dehydration. According to the Pets WebMD, dogs need an ounce of water for each pound of body weight, meaning if your dog weighs 10 pounds, they will need 10 ounces of water. As summer is in full swing, here are some tips to keep your furry friend hydrated and have fun in the sun!
1. Notice signs of dehydration
Dehydration is caused by a lack of water within the body. Similar to humans, animals can have the same symptoms. To test for dehydration simply pinch the skin between your pet’s shoulders. If the skin does not pop back into place your pet may be dehydrated.
2. Monitor the weather
How’s the weather looking today? Sunny with a high of 95? Make sure your pet has access to water in an open and cool location. Contrary to popular belief, doghouses are often hotter than outside temperatures. With this in mind, ensure your pet has a nicely shaded area to go to when they need to cool down. Pet canopies are great alternatives to doghouses, which provide an open breeze with a shaded area. Pet cots that are elevated also provide relief from hot pavement or asphalt.
3. Exercise pets during the coolest parts of the day
Exercising during the hottest time of the day will make you and your pet exhausted. Try having play time in the morning or during evenings to avoid dehydration and early exhaustion. If you’re going on a summer trip with your pets, make sure not to leave them in a car without the air conditioning running. Portable water bottles have a tube-like connection that will dispense water for your pet to drink. Whether on a road trip or traveling to the beach, these easy-to-use portable water bottles will provide water to your furry friend on the go!
4. Maintain a fresh water supply
Having a fresh supply of water will help keep your pet healthy and active! Pet water fountains promote oxygen flow and filters the water routinely to eliminate buildup of nasty bacteria. However, if you prefer the ol’ stainless steel bowl, make sure you empty it out daily to prevent bacteria that come from stagnant water.
5. Know your pet’s safety limits
Short-faced breeds such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs, and Pekingese have a harder time cooling off and need limited outdoor activity time in warm weather. Double-coated dogs like German Shepherds and Huskies have the tendency to overheat. On the other hand, Water Spaniels, Border Collies, and Greyhounds tolerate heat well and can stay outdoors for longer periods of time. Ask your vet about your breed’s heat tolerance to ensure your pet remains healthy and cool.
Who doesn’t love a Popsicle on a hot day? Pet Popsicles can be made out of frozen water, peanut butter, fruit, vegetables and other pet friendly foods. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even create pet recipes that your pet will love. Kong toys are great for heavy chewers and can also be used to create the perfect frozen treat! To make a Kong frozen snack, simply stuff the Kong with a combination of dry and sticky foods and place it in the freezer. After an hour, take the Kong out and watch your pet go at it! Make sure to avoid these foods if you do plan on implementing your own recipe!
7. Add wet food to diet
Another way to decrease dehydration is to change your pet’s diet. Kibble and other dry foods may not be enough to supplement water into your pet’s diet. Incorporating wet food with dry kibble or switching to wet food completely can replenish your pet’s water level and keep them on the go!
Information given here is meant to be helpful and/or educational. It is, in no way, intended to supersede, challenge or supplant the diagnosis, treatment or advice of a licensed veterinarian.