Keeping Pets Happy with Proper Pet Hydration

Posted on Jul 31 2016 - 9:13pm by Susan Bewley

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Did you know that dehydration is a serious problem for dogs & cats during the summer? See why dog hydration is important & how you can help here!

How many of you are dealing with a miserably hot summer this year? I will freely admit, this summer has been horribly hot and humid, making it miserable for just about everyone. Even Ivi and Rylie don’t want to play outside for long, spending most of their time wanting to play with water toys when they are outdoors or spread out over the air conditioning vents. Even with short trips outdoors, however, it is very important that we keep the girls hydrated and look for signs of heat exhaustion. While pet hydration is something we should be monitoring all year long, it is something that is important for cats and dogs alike during the summer months or if you live in hot climates.

Similar to humans, the bodies of our pets are mostly water. When they start becoming dehydrated, their bodies don’t work as efficiently. As a general rule of thumb, dogs should have one ounce of water per pound of body weight, per day, according to Willie Wallace, CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand.  To the surprise of many pet parents, proper hydration can even lead to less vet trips.

Some of the common signs of dehydration include

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Lack of energy
  • Excessive and ongoing panting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sunken, dry eyes
  • Dry and sticky gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity (when pulled or moved, the skin will not go back to its original place)

If you are worried that you think your pet may be dehydrated or not getting enough water, don’t panic. There are simple, very fast tests you can do at home to see if your pet is properly hydrated. Below, we have an awesome video developed by PetSafe, with veterinarians showing how to do these simple tests on both dogs and cats. Of course, you can also always talk to your veterinarian since some medications can also affect your pet’s hydration. Remember, no one knows your pet better than you and their doctor!

If you guys are anything like me, I fret quite a bit about the girls and try monitoring their water intake regularly. One of the ways we make sure that both Ivi and Rylie are properly hydrated is giving them access to fresh water throughout the house. We have two very large water fountains in our house – a Drinkwell Sedona Pet Fountain in the kitchen and a Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain in the upstairs bathroom (also, a PetSafe Current Fountain for traveling). All of these fountains provide the girls with fresh, filtered water throughout the day. The best part, however, is that I have two very happy dogs who look forward to getting water from their fountains.

Want to learn more about the importance of pet hydration? Make sure to check out the amazing infographic below from PetSafe or head over to the PetSafe National Hydration Month page!  So, what do you do to help your pets stay hydrated?

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Barrie July 31, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for educating me on water and dogs. Of course, I know to keep my dog with fresh water but had no idea dogs are made up of 80% of water!

  2. Rachel Beltz August 1, 2016 at 12:34 am - Reply

    This is so important. It has be so hot- we need to make sure our companions are staying safe and keeping up with the water intake! I love the infographic!

  3. Jennifer August 1, 2016 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Great info! I never take my dog for walks in the summer heat because I’m always worried about dehydration. I can never get her to drink any water that’s not from her specific doggy dishave at home.

  4. Amy Orvin August 1, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I can’t believe how hot it has been. I think it’s been 100 degrees everyday for a month here. It’s miserable. I have a nice big dog fountain that my dog and 4 cats just love. They are also inside babies. I could never keep them outside in the heat! Ever!

  5. Rosie August 1, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

    I don’t have a dog, but I want to get one, and I’m in the process of looking for a place to move to! This is good information to know, and I want to ensure my dog is properly hydrated.

  6. Jenna Hudson August 1, 2016 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    That’s a great tip for how to check if your pet is hydrated. I just did it on my dog and he’s good!

  7. gloria patterson August 2, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

    thanks for some great information… i can remember years ago trying to find a auto water for my pets but there was nothing then

  8. Hannah C August 2, 2016 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    This is very useful information, especially since it’s been so hot this summer. I always try to keep my dog hydrated as I keep a pet water fountain she can get easy access to.

  9. Natalie August 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    It is so important to keep pets properly hydrated in the summer! My dog collapsed 9 years ago due to the heat.

  10. Sarah L August 4, 2016 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Didn’t realize that cats & dogs were 80% water. A fountain is a good idea.

  11. Marcos Batac August 4, 2016 at 1:02 am - Reply

    My country (Philippines) is a tropical country thanks for the information very educational. Need some info for my pets

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