Keeping Your Dog Hydrated

Summer is a pretty fun time for dogs. However, the heat can be hard on Fido. After all, he is wearing a fur coat, and can only cool himself off by panting. One of the best things you can do for your canine friend this summer is to simply make sure that he stays hydrated. A Plano, TX vet offers tips on how to do that in this article.

Water Stations

First and foremost, make sure your dog always has plenty of fresh water. You may want to set out more than one watering station. If you have a yard, keep watering stations outside. (Tip: put dishes in plant urns to make them look nice.) Be sure to keep the bowls clean, so they don’t gather dirt and bacteria.

Pet Fountain

Many dogs love drinking running water. Get Fido a doggy fountain. You can get outdoor ones that turn on when your pet steps on them. This is adorable to watch!

Suitable Treats

Choose treats that have a high liquid content. Sodium-free broth is a good option. You can also get Fido some doggy ice cream, or even make your own. You can also freeze sodium-free broth into cubes for your canine buddy. Or, make pupsicles for him by freezing chew sticks, dog biscuits, or shredded meat in water or broth.

Canned Food

One of the benefits of offering canned food is that it does have a higher moisture content than kibble. If you prefer giving Fido dry food, ask your vet for tips on adding water to it.

Water On The Go

Whenever you take your pup off your property, bring water along for him. You may want to get collapsible doggy dishes, which you can fold up and put into your wallet. Another option is to get your furry pal a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser.

Ice, Ice Baby

While you don’t want to give Fido too much ice, he can enjoy one or two cubes on hot days. Drop a few into his water bowl!

Keep An Eye On Fido

Last but not least, pay close attention to Fido especially when he’s outdoors. If you notice him starting to pant, immediately give him some water and take him to a cooler area.

Please call us, your Plano, TX vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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