July is Pet Hydration Month. This one is perfectly timed. Pets can get into serious trouble if they overheat. Making sure that your furry pal stays hydrated is crucial here! A Springville, UT vet offers some tips on keeping pets hydrated in this article.
First and foremost, make sure Fido and Fluffy always have clean water. You may want to set out extra water stations. If your furry friend goes outdoors, keep water out there as well. Be extra diligent about keeping outdoor bowls clean, as they can quickly become contaminated by bugs, dust, or even poisonous toads.
Always bring water with you when taking Fido off your property. A doggy water bottle is a sound investment. You may also want to keep a small cooler in your car, and keep it stocked with a gallon or two of water at all times. This is also a good safety measure for you, in case you ever break down!
Many of our patients prefer to drink running water. (This is why you may sometimes find Fluffy drinking from the faucet.) Consider getting your furry buddy a pet fountain.
Consider moisture content when choosing treats. You can get ice cream made for Fido and Fluffy, but you can also make your own. Just stick with safe ingredients. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Sodium-free broth is a great treat for hydration, as it contains electrolytes. You can offer Fido and Fluffy a small bowl. Or, make ice cubes out of the broth. If you want to dress these up a bit, add kibble or shredded meat to the ice cube tray before pouring the broth in.
Go ahead and drop an ice cube into Fido and Fluffy’s bowl. Pets enjoy a cool drink of water on hot days, just as we do! Your four-legged pal may also appreciate an ice lick with frozen treats or kibble.
It’s also important to know the warning signs of dehydration. These include panting, drooling, warm backs, dark urine, staggering/disorientation, lethargy, and unusual vocalizations. If you notice any of these, immediately give your fuzzy bff water and contact your vet or emergency clinic for further instructions.
Please contact us for your pet’s veterinary care needs. As your Springville, UT pet clinic, we’re always happy to help!