Keeping your Pets Hydrated in Summer

We all look forward to some fun summer days, especially to enjoy them with our furry friends. It’s great to do so, but we must make sure to keep them safely hydrated while they enjoy the fun!

The importance of water

Pets can get dehydrated very quickly, so make sure to provide them with plenty of fresh, cool water. You can also add some ice cubes to keep it fresh for longer while you are out. Traveling pet bottles include a built-in bowl, they can help you keep water fresh and cool while making it easy to grab with you before leaving home.  If you and your pet will be outside for more than half an hour or you’re traveling with your car, even for a short period of time, it is important that you never leave without any water with you. Keep car windows open for ventilation and never leave your pet alone in it, even for a minute or two!

Keep multiple sources of fresh water at home, make sure to provide different clean water stations around for your pet. This will ensure that they have a different supply of fresh water when one source runs out or when they are having fun in a garden or terrace. Always keep the bowls clean to prevent any bacteria from infecting the water.

Dog Drinking from Bottle

Other helpful tips that can help to keep your pet from dehydrating;
– Add some wet food with the dry food feed.
– Freeze some healthy dog friendly fruits like blueberries and give out as treats. If your pup’s on a diet, the Frisco Toy Bone is great alternative.
– Keep your pets from overheating by using cooling mats.

When exercising your pet in summer time, avoid the afternoon hot hours. Going out in the hottest hours of the day will not only risk overheating, but will also harm the pet’s paws through contact with hot surfaces.

Ensure that you give them small amounts of water every 15 minutes. This will help keep them from overheating. It is important that you give your dog time to stop panting before allowing him to drink.

Most common signs of dehydration and overheating are drooling, excessive panting, sticky saliva, fatigue and dizziness. Speak to your vet immediately for assistance if required.