Summer can be a great time for our furry friends. Fido gets to run and play outdoors, and Fluffy gets extra sunbeams to lounge around in. However, that warm weather does come with a downside. Pets often have a really hard time staying cool in sweltering weather! A Sandstone, MN vet offers some advice on keeping Fido and Fluffy properly hydrated in this article.
You may need to set out additional water stations. If Fido has a yard to hang out in, he’ll need water available out there at all times. If you have a large and/or multi-level house, it’s a good idea to set out a few extra bowls. (Tip: you can make outside bowls look nice by putting them in plant pots or urns.)
Many pets prefer to drink running water. This is very likely an instinctive habit: in the wild, standing water is much more likely to be fouled or contaminated than running water. Consider getting your four-legged friend a pet fountain. You can also get Fido a splash pad that shoots water up when he steps on it. (We probably don’t have to tell you how adorable this is to watch.)
Drop an ice cube into your pet’s bowl on sweltering days. Fido may also enjoy gnawing on ice or frozen sodium-free broth cubes. As for Fluffy, see if she wants to play ice pawkey.
One great thing about dogs is the fact that they’re always willing to go, well, anywhere with us. Always bring water along if you are taking Fido with you when you leave the house.
It won’t hurt to opt for snacks that have a high moisture content. You can buy or make your four-legged pal ice cream, but you can also offer homemade goodies. For instance, make Fluffy a kitty slushy by mixing canned tuna and tuna juice in a blender. Just stick with safe, vet-approved ingredients.
Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration. These include panting, drooling, restlessness, lethargy, reduced or dark urine, disorientation, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you notice any of these things, immediately offer water and contact your vet.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your beloved pet’s health or care. As your local Sandstone, MN animal clinic, we’re here for you!