It’s hot out there!
Did you know that in hot summer days, dogs need 3 to 4 times the normal amount of water depending on their size and activity level?
Adequate water intake each day is important to remain healthy for proper organ function, joint lubrication and food digestion. Water helps your dog digest food and absorb the nutrient from his dry food.
How do you know if your dog is dehydrated?
Every important body function requires water. If enough water is not provided, dehydration follows. Here are a few of the symptoms you might see in dogs suffering from dehydration:
- Loss of energy
- Vomiting and/ or diarrhea
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Lack of appetite
- Excessive, ongoing panting
- Dry, sticky gums
- Sunken, dry eyes
- Weak pulse
How can you prevent your dog from becoming dehydrated?
It’s pretty simple!
Usually, animals only drink water when they’re thirsty. On hot days, or when your dog is playing, they may need extra water. Some dogs get dehydrated when they are stressed.
Follow our tips what you can do to help re-hydrate your furbaby.
1. PROVIDE MORE WATER BOWLS
Leave plenty of water bowls through the house and garden. Your dogs will have lots of opportunity to keep themselves hydrated. Also, you can try place water bowls in areas that have less animal or people. That can help your dog feel more secure about taking time to drink.
2. TAKE A WATER WITH YOU
When are you going with your dog for a walk, hiking or playing in the park take plenty of water to keep them suitably hydrated. For dogs and dog owners who are always on-the-go perfect option is water bottle or collapsible bowl, so so your dog can always have access to drinking water.
3. ADD WATER TO YOUR DOG'S FOOD
You can add water to your dog‘s food if your dog eats mostly dry food. Try to add a small amount of water just to increase their water intake. Usually a lot of dogs enjoy change in texture. Be careful, introduce the extra fluid, because adding too much can be off putting for your pet. Also always clean out the bowl after they've finished.
4. THINK ABOUT BUYING A SPLASH SPRINKLER PAD
This is a fun water sprinkler for your dogs. Your dog can enjoy a sturdy mat that spouts water from the hose line in a good four foot arc of water, which will soak them to the bone and keep them cool during the hot days. This sprinkler pool can be folded up, easy to transport, easy to store and you can bring it with you and your dog everywhere. Suitable for dogs of all sizes. This sprinkler pad will spark joy in any dog’s eye all summer.
5. MAKE DOGGY ICE POPS
Some dogs aren’t interested in water, but love licking ice cubes. Freezing dog ice pops are a fun way to provide your dog with extra hydration, especially in hot weather. Just fill an ice tray with small amount of wet food and water, or a blended mix of some kind of fruits or vegetables, and freeze it overnight.
6. KEEP YOUR DOG’S BOWLS CLEAN
Dogs need constant access to clean water. Water should be changed at least once daily. Keep your dog‘s bowl fool with fresh water every single day. Moreover your dog‘s water bowl has to be clean. Wipe your dog‘s bowl dry before filling it with a clean water. Generally plastic bowls are not recommended for many dogs. First of all bowls made of plastic can be easily chewed or scratched by your dog, leaving places for bacteria to built up. Secondly, some dogs may develop an allergy to the plastic, resulting in a mild skin reaction on the chin or face. Choose stainless steel, porcelain or glass bowls over plastic.
7. GET A BIGGER DOG BOWL
Your dog’s water bowl should be larger than their food bowl. It should be large enough to hold much more water than they typically drink each day, so it’s never empty. Instead of filling a dry bowl, you should be dumping it out and refilling it.
8. PROVIDE A PLACE TO COOL OFF
Dogs heat up very quickly in the sun. Especially those with dark coats. Make sure that your dog has access to a nice shady spot to cool off.
Your pet’s health is important, and providing your pet with clean water and helps ensure that your dog will stay around as long as possible.
Keep these tips in mind to help manage your dog’s water intake for a happier, healthier and safer summer for your furbaby!