July is Pet Hydration Month! While making sure that your canine companion always has water is important all year long, it’s particularly crucial in summer. Overheating and dehydration are both very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend, and they go hand in hand. In this article, a Carolina Forest, SC vet offers tips on preventing dehydration in dogs.
First and foremost, be sure to keep your pup’s water bowl full. (Tip: to monitor Fido’s water intake, fill the bowl at the same time each day.) If you have more than one pet, or a large property, set out multiple watering stations. Your pooch may also enjoy a doggy fountain, or an automated waterer. On really hot days, drop an ice cube into your furry friend’s bowl. Wash the bowls daily, as otherwise grime and bacteria will quickly build up.
Sodium-free broth is a healthy treat for our canine friends. Fido can have beef, fish, or chicken. Offer Fido a bowl as a treat on hot days. Just check the label to be sure it doesn’t contain MSG.
Ice cream is a summer favorite with both people and dogs. You can buy doggy ice cream in stores, but you can also make your furry pal’s snack. Start with a base of peanut butter, plain yogurt, pureed pumpkin, ripe bananas, and/or sodium free broth. To customize Fido’s snack for maximum tail wags, add shredded beef, chicken, or fish; canned tuna or poultry in water; bacon bits; cheese; eggs; or pet-safe veggies, like peas and carrots.
Many pups love chewing on ice cubes. Give Fido one or two on sweltering days.
Bring Water With You
Whenever you take Fido off your property, always bring water with you. You may want to get some collapsible doggy dishes, and/or a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. When you are camping or hiking, or just outdoors, try not to let your furry buddy drink from streams, pools, or other water sources. The water may not be safe!
Wet and dry foods both have their own pros and cons. One good thing about wet food is that it does have higher moisture content than kibble does. Ask your vet for more information. Is Fido due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Contact us, your local Carolina Forest, SC pet clinic, today!