Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month. This is a very important topic, especially in hotter areas, such as ours. Dehydration is as dangerous for pets as it is for humans; perhaps even more so, as Fluffy and Fido can’t exactly go get themselves a cold drink from the fridge. A local Plano, TX vet discusses hydration below. 

Hydration Tips 

First and foremost, make sure that your pet always has plenty of fresh water. You may need to set out extra water bowls. Automated waterers can be great, but some can be a bit clunky to refresh. Pet fountains are also a good bet. Many pets like running water! On really hot days, Fido may like having a few ice cubes in his H20. 

Water Content

While fresh, cool water is the best way to keep your furry friend properly hydrated, it isn’t the only option. Consider moisture content when choosing your pet’s snacks and food. One benefit of canned food is that it does offer higher water content than kibble. You can make Fido some pupsicles by putting kibble or treats in a waxed paper cup or ice cube tray, and then pouring water or sodium-free broth over it. As for Fluffy, she might like some tuna water and juice mixed with a little shaved ice. Sodium-free broth is also great for keeping pets hydrated. 

Doggy On The Go

Any time you take Fido off your property, bring water along for him. You can get your canine buddy a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. 

Signs Of Dehydration

Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration. Panting is often the first thing you’ll see in both dogs and cats. Other red flags include sunken eyes, a warm back, discolored gums, vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, a rapid pulse, lethargy, and lack of or dark urine. With dogs, you might also notice a dry nose or tongue.

If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately give your furry buddy some water and contact your vet for instructions. You may be advised to offer sodium-free broth, Pedialyte, or even Gatorade. Because dehydration and heat stroke are closely related, your pet may need immediate medical care. Follow your vet’s advice.

As your local Plano, TX pet clinic, we are dedicated to offering great veterinary care. Please feel free to contact us for all of your furry buddy’s health care needs.

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