Hydration Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool and Happy
Summer is in full swing, and as the temperature rises, it's crucial to keep our furry friends hydrated. Just like humans, pets need plenty of water to stay healthy and cool during the hot months. Dive into some fun and effective hydration tips to ensure your pets stay refreshed and happy all summer long.
Keep the Water Bowl Fresh and Always Accessible
Make sure your pet always has access to fresh water. Keep their water bowl clean and change the water frequently throughout the day to ensure it stays fresh and appealing. Consider placing multiple water bowls in different areas of your home or yard, especially if you have multiple pets or a large living space.
Offer Ice Cubes and Frozen Treats
Adding a twist to their water routine can make hydration more exciting for your pets. Drop a few ice cubes into their water bowl or freeze some pet-friendly broth into ice cube trays.
Use a Pet Fountain
Some pets are naturally drawn to moving water. Consider investing in a pet fountain that circulates and filters water continuously. The flowing water will entice your pets to drink more and stay hydrated throughout the day. Plus, the sound of running water can be quite relaxing for both you and your pet!
Try Flavored Water
If your pet seems uninterested in plain water, try adding a splash of low-sodium chicken broth to their water bowl. Be sure to a chicken broth that is safe for pets. The hint of flavor might entice them to drink more and stay hydrated.
Keep Water Handy During Outdoor Activities
Whether you're going for a walk, playing in the park, or enjoying a day at the beach, always bring water for your pet. Portable water bottles or collapsible travel bowls are great options to ensure your furry friend can quench their thirst wherever you go. Don't forget to take regular breaks for water during outdoor adventures to prevent dehydration.
Know the Signs of Dehydration
It is important to know the signs that could indicate that your cat or dog is dehydrated. These include:
- Loss of energy
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Dry, sticky gums
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Sunken eyes
If your pet shows any of these signs you will need to seek veterinary assessment and treatment urgently.
Call your regular veterinarian or DoveLewis immediately at 503-228-7281 if your dog or cat develops symptoms of dehydration.