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Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

The dog days of summer are upon us! Heat can be very dangerous for our animal companions. Making sure your furry pal is getting enough water is very important! A Farmers Branch, TX vet discusses keeping your pet hydrated in this article.

Water

First and foremost, make sure to keep your pet’s water bowl filled. If you have more than one pet and/or a large house, you may want to set out multiple water stations. Automated waterers and pet fountains are also a good idea. If you have a yard for your four-legged pal to play in, always keep fresh water out there as well. (Tip: to make an outdoor water bowl look attractive, try placing one in a plant urn.) Wash water bowls out daily, so grime and bacteria don’t build up.

Doggy On The Go

Do you like to take your canine pal out and about with you? Always bring water along for Fido. You may want to get a collapsible pet dish or a doggy water bottle with a dispenser. It’s also not a bad idea to keep a few gallons of water in your vehicle.

Cold Treats

Feel free to offer your four-legged buddy a cold, wet treat on sweltering afternoons. Sodium-free broth is a good option. Your pet may really enjoy a chilled bowl of beef, fish, or chicken broth! Fluffy can also have cat milk, or some cold canned tuna in water. If like cooking, you can make Fido some homemade doggy ice cream. Or, make some pupsicles by freezing kibble, dog treats, or shredded meat in water or broth.

Canned Food

Canned food and kibble both have their pros and cons. One good thing about canned food is that it does have a higher moisture content than dry food. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Ice

Feel free to drop a few ice cubes into your pet’s water bowl on hot days. Fido may also enjoy chomping on an ice cube or two!

Tips

Always watch for signs of dehydration. Symptoms include panting, a warm back, dark urine, trembling, sunken eyes, lethargy, thick drool, and red or pale gums. If you notice any of these red flags, immediately give your pet some water, and then contact your vet.

Please contact us, your Farmers Branch, TX vet clinic, if ever we can be of assistance. We’re here to help!

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