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Post by: Kenzie on Jun 20th 2018
How to Keep Your Dog Hydrated This Summer
Summer is finally here, and that means that we're in store for plenty of long, hot days. While this means there will be a lot of fun outdoor activities to do with your pup, it can also lead to dehydration if you're not careful. Here are some helpful tips to keep your dog hydrated this summer, brought to you by Dog Training Elite's dog training experts.
Know How Much Water Your Dog Needs
To make sure your dog stays hydrated, know how much water they need to be comfortable. They should drink one ounce of water for each pound of their body weight. This can of course be altered depending on their activity level and diet. It's difficult to keep track of exactly how much water they drink throughout the day, but knowing how much they should be drinking will help you to keep a closer eye on their hydration levels.
Bring Water with You
If you're feeling thirsty, it's likely that your dog is too. Just as you would bring some for yourself whenever you go out on a hot day, remember to bring plenty of water for your pup as well. It's easy for dogs to get dehydrated in the heat, and they can't be expected to wait until you get home for a drink. Luckily, there are many options for water on the go for dogs, such as travel water bowls, water bottles specialized for pets, and collapsible fabric bowls.
Always Have Clean Water Available
There should never be a time that your dog is deprived of having access to fresh, clean water, especially in the summer. If you leave for any period of time, make sure that your dog has enough water easily available so that they don't run out before you get back. This is particularly important if your dog is being left outside. Also be sure to change or wash their bowls out regularly to prevent bacteria growth and any dirt or dust contamination.
Give Cold Treats
Some dogs love receiving ice cubes as treats, and it's a great way to ensure they get some easy hydration. They're quick to eat and you can give multiple as you go throughout your sunny day. You can also get a little DIY creative and make some popsicles specifically for your dog. They can be made by mixing fruits, veggies, peanut butter, or any other foods that are pet friendly with water. Not only will they be a blast to make, but your dog will have a fun way to get rehydrated!
Feed Your Dog Wet Food
Wet food is an often overlooked but very effective way to keep your pup hydrated. It contains a much higher water level than dry food, which is very welcome for your dog in the summer heat. This simple change in diet can rehydrate your dog in addition to drinking water. Just be sure to make the transition from dry to wet food gradually so that their digestive system can get used to the switch.
Add Water to Dry Food
If you don't want to make the switch to wet food or don't think your dog will do well with it, an alternative is simply moistening their dry food to add that extra bit of hydration. You can simply add a bit of water or dog friendly broth to the dry food and it will be instantly higher in water content.
Keep Your Dog in the Shade
Many breeds get hotter much quicker than we do, and this can mean trouble in terms of their hydration. To keep them cooler, make sure they stay in the shade as much as possible whether they're just hanging out in your backyard or you're on a trip.
Know the Signs of Dehydration
In the hot summer months it is incredibly important to know the signs of dehydration in dogs. Common signs can include sunken eyes, loss of skin elasticity, dry mouth and sticky gums, lethargy, loss of energy and appetite, and vomiting and/or diarrhea. An easy way to check for dehydration is the skin test: gently grabbing a fold of skin on the back of their neck and then releasing it. If the skin snaps back to place, you probably don't need to worry, but if the skin slowly returns into place, there's a good chance they're suffering from dehydration. Either way, if you are worried your dog is dehydrated, contact a vet immediately.
You want your pup to have just as much of a good time as you this summer, and they can't do that if they are severely dehydrated. Take advantage of these tips to keep a watchful eye on your dog's hydration level and you'll both have a fun-filled summer!
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