Is a dripping wet beard a good thing? You betcha! If your dog is drinking water, that beard will drip (sometimes even the long ears drip), showing you she is hydrating. July is Pet Hydration Month. Dogs are actually 80% water, so with the heat of the summer it is super important to make sure they are drinking plenty of good water.
How do you keep your dog hydrated?
Always have an available water bowl
It’s important for your dog to always have access to fresh, clean water. A traditional water bowl works just fine. Make sure you change the water at least once a day, and wash the bowl. Most of our bowls are long ear bowls so our ears don’t fall in as much. Our basic water bowl is stainless steel, and we have more than one so we can put them in the dishwasher. Take the rubber grip around the edge off as the dishwasher will dry it out.
Try filtered water bowls
We have four water bowls around the house, and one outside. By far the favorite bowl is our small Torus filtered water bowl. Mom has to fill it several times a day. For some reason, this water is the best ever. We have a larger version of the bowl in the back room where we often go for some quiet time, but we don’t drink out of it nearly as much. Mom says we drink better water than she does because her water isn’t even filtered.
Try a fountain for the running water attraction
Upstairs we have our ceramic fountain. In the summer months we tend to drink more out of this one than other times of the year. The porcelain keeps the water nice and cool. Mainly this fountain is for the kitties, but they always enjoy some of our slobber in their water. Fountain bowls are a bit more work to clean, and also need their filters changed regularly.
Keep fresh water outdoors for your dog
Don’t forget to keep fresh water outside for your dog. We have a big bowl outside as it doesn’t matter if my wet beard and soaked ears make a huge mess. Be extra vigilant about keeping the outdoor bowl clean. Bugs and other things fly into the water, and it is often warm, which helps bacteria grow. Never use a metal bowl outdoors as it will heat up in the sun, and get very hot. Take care to remove items in your yard that hold water your dog can get into, such as watering cans, buckets, and other similar items. If your dog drinks that dirty water, it can make them quite ill.
Never leave home without water for your pup
If you take your dog along in the car for any reason, always make sure you have water for her. You never know what might happen along the way. Especially on hot days, even a flat tire will mean your dog needs water to help stay cool and hydrated while waiting for help. (My mom would never think to change a tire herself!) We always have a jug of water and a collapsible bowl, along with a battery powered fan in our back seat dog kit. Out kit also has a towel to wipe off my dripping wet beard, or it can be used to soak in water to cool me off.
You are responsible for your dog’s hydration
Your dog isn’t able to go to the faucet and get a drink when she is thirsty. It is up to you as a pet parent to make sure your dog has fresh clean water available at all times. If your dog isn’t big on drinking enough water, wet food is a great way to add some moisture to her diet. Raw fruits and veggies are another way to sneak in some water into your dog’s diet. Proper hydration is very important in the heat of the summer, but it is important year round. Even in the midst of winter dogs dehydrate from all the dry air caused by the heat being turned on. As long as you keep that fresh water out, your dog should be in good shape!