Your pet needs plenty of water during the hot summer months. Proper hydration is something every pet owner should understand, and these tips will help you make sure your pets get what they need.
Know What Dehydration Looks Like
The result of your pet not getting enough water is likely dehydration. This can be very dangerous. If your pet displays any of these symptoms, it’s time to get to your veterinary hospital.
- Excessive panting
- Dry, sticky gums and mouth
- Loss of energy
- Dull, sunken eyes
Talk with Your Vet about Your Pet’s Needs
A good place to start is your local veterinarian. Ask your vet how much water your pet needs. This will depend on the type of animal, breed, size, age, and more. Once you know how much your pet needs each day, you can plan accordingly.
Make Water Available at All Times
The best strategy at home is to make sure your pet always has access to water. One option is to get a dish that automatically refills. If you don’t have one, no problem. Just make sure you check it throughout the day and that it’s large enough to keep your pet hydrated when you’re away.
Have an Outside Water Source
If your pet spends time in the yard, make sure there is a water dish in a shaded spot that’s always available. Even if there’s a water bowl inside, having one outside when it’s hot is important.
Always Pack Water
Whenever you take your pet somewhere, make sure you pack plenty of water. Your trip might run long, or your pet might have already worked up a thirst you leave. Having water on hand is a good safety measure. If you are traveling longer distances, water from home also tends to agree with your pet’s system more than water from other sources.
A Little Planning Goes a Long Way
Keeping your pet safe and hydrated is relatively simple. You need to know how much water your pet needs so you can plan ahead. Then just make sure your pet always has access to good clean water. Your pet will be grateful.