Is your dog drinking enough water? July is National Pet Hydration Month, and a good month to remind humans to make sure their dogs are drinking water with all the summer heat! Dehydration in humans and dogs is very dangerous, and nothing to take lightly.
Is Your Dog Drinking Enough Water?
Dogs of all ages need to stay hydrated. Just as with humans the young puppies and older dogs are the ones who often suffer more from dehydration. If water isn’t readily available to your dog, it is difficult for her to stay hydrated. Dehydration is a serious condition as a dog may not be able to re-hydrate on her own. If you think your dog is suffering from dehydration, get her to your vet immediately.
Some Signs Of Dehydration In Dogs
- A dog’s skin loses its elasticity
- Your dog will become lethargic
- The gums will become dry
- Dogs may appear weak
- Worst case, a dog will collapse
How To Prevent Dehydration
Use common sense and don’t keep your dog out in hot sun and humidity for too long. Cut back on exercise. Seek shade, go swimming, and always have water with you in the car and on walks. If you are thirsty, your dog is thirsty too.
Keep Water Available At Home
We have water bowls all over the place! There is one outside, three around the house and a fourth is a porcelain fountain. The porcelain fountain is the summer favorite since it keeps the water cool. Most of our bowls have filtered water too. In the car we always have a gallon jug of water from our house. Sometimes we only like the taste of our home water. You never know when you may need water on the road.
Remember if you have a water bowl outside, stainless steel is not a good choice. It will freeze in the winter, and in the summer it can get extremely hot. Find a safe alternative, and make sure to clean it out every time you refill. Bacteria grows especially fast in the water with the heat and humidity.
Help Save The Planet
Rather than using plastic water bottles, try to use reusable containers. Plastic is causing all kinds of damage to the planet and sea life. There is no need to keep throwing away bottles when there are so many options available to carry water in.