Pet Hydration Awareness Month

Pet Hydration Awareness Month

July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month! Keeping your furry buddy properly hydrated is always very important, but is particularly crucial in summer. Fluffy and Fido are wearing fur coats, and can overheat very easily. Here, a Clio, MI vet discusses pet hydration.

Signs of Dehydration

Keep a close eye out for warning signs of dehydration. Some common ones are sunken eyes, panting, pale gums, dry noses (especially in dogs), loss of skin elasticity, lethargy, trembling, and drooling. Vomiting and diarrhea can also indicate dehydration, as can dark urine. Cats may also meow in an unusual way, while Fido may have thick, sticky saliva. Your furry friend may also not feel much like eating if he or she is dehydrated. If you see any of these red flags, immediately offer your animal companion some clean water, and then contact your vet for further instructions. Ask your vet for more information.

Preventing Dehydration

First and foremost, make sure that your four-legged friend always has plenty of clean, fresh water. Your pet may appreciate having multiple drinking stations and/or a pet drinking fountain. If you want to increase your little (or not so little) buddy’s water intake, try offering a bowl of sodium-free beef or chicken broth. Dropping an ice cube into your pet’s bowl can also help, especially on those sweltering summer days. If you have a dog, always bring water with you when you take Fido out and about. (Tip: pick up some collapsible water dishes, or a doggy water bottle and dispenser.) Also, try not to let your furry pal drink from pools, ponds, puddles, or other questionable water sources.

Water Intake

To monitor your pet’s water intake, refill their bowl at the same time every day. If you think your four-legged buddy is drinking too much water, or not enough, consult your vet immediately.

Outdoors

We recommend that kitties stay cool and comfortable indoors, in climate controlled rooms. If your canine pal has a yard to play in, make sure he always has water outside. If you have stray or feral cats nearby, you can leave fresh water out for them if you like. Wash all water dishes daily to prevent dirt and bacteria from building up on them. This will also help prevent outdoor dishes from becoming contaminated by wildlife.

Please call us, your Clio, MI pet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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