July is Pet Hydration Month! Hydration is a crucial issue for our animal companions at this time of year. Fido and Fluffy already have fur coats on, and they can’t cool off by sweating. The best way to protect your furry buddy from those sweltering temperatures is to keep them properly hydrated. A Louisville, KY vet offers some advice on this below.
The biggest thing here is to make sure that your pet always has clean water available. If you have more than one pet, a large house, and/or a fenced yard, set out a few water stations. Senior pets will also benefit from having extra bowls, particularly if your home has more than one floor.
Many pets prefer to drink running water. Consider getting Fluffy or Fido a pet fountain. Some just keep the water circulating, which helps keep it from going stagnant. Others will spray water into the air when Fido steps on a pad. (These are just as good for entertainment as it is for hydration.)
Did you know that sodium-free broth contains electrolytes? This makes it a great option for keeping pets hydrated. You can offer Fluffy and Fido bowls of chilled broth, or give them frozen broth cubes as a treat.
Speaking of treats, this is another way you can up your pet’s moisture content. Doggy ice cream is a good choice for Fido. Cats may enjoy chilled squeezable treats. You can also make your pet some frozen snacks. Mix some canned food with water and freeze it in ice cube trays. Or, make pupsicles by pouring water or sodium-free broth over kibble or shredded meat. You’ll find lots of recipes online. Just stick to safe ingredients.
If your furry friend is constantly draining their bowl on hot days, you may want to get them a waterer. Some of these you can operate remotely, with timers and/or smartphone apps. Others simply have storage bottles attached, and refill as needed. These are good options for those who work long hours away from home.
Always bring water along for Fido whenever you take him off your property. We recommend keeping a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser in your car, along with a jug of clean water.
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