July is Pet Hydration Month! While it’s always important to make sure that your furry pal stays hydrated, this becomes crucial in the summer heat. A Westminster, MD vet offers some tips on pet hydration below.
First and foremost, make sure that your pet’s water bowls always stay clean and full. If you have a large house, multiple stories, or more than one pet, you’ll want to set out multiple water stations. If you have a yard for your dog to play in, keep bowls outdoors as well. (Tip: try putting them in plant urns. This will both keep them off the ground and make them look nice.)
When choosing treats, go for those that have a high moisture content. Sodium-free broth is a good option for dogs and cats. You can also buy Fido some doggy ice cream. Fluffy may enjoy a can of plain tuna in water. You can also chill or freeze some canned food.
Many pets prefer to drink running water. Why not get your furry friend their own fountain? They even make some for dogs that shoot a jet of water up when Fido steps on a plate. Needless to say, this can be absolutely adorable to watch.
Does your dog enjoy chewing on ice? Give Fido a couple of cubes on sweltering days. You can also drop some into his bowl. As for Fluffy, she may enjoy licking an ice cube, or batting one around.
Keep a good rehydration fluid on hand. There’s no universal suggestion here, at least for products. Some, like Pedialyte, are okay for some animals, but not for others. Ask your vet for more information.
Being Out And About
Whenever you take Fido off your property, be sure to bring water along for him. To make this a bit easier, you can get collapsible dishes, or a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. You may also want to store some water in your car. This is also just good to have for emergencies.
Another way to prevent your pet from dehydrating is to avoid overexerting them during the hottest parts of the day. Walk and/or play with your little buddy in the morning and evenings, when it’s cooler.
Is your pet due for an exam, vaccines, or parasite control? Contact us, your local Westminster, MD vet clinic, today!