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Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

July is Pet Hydration Month! This is the perfect time to discuss pet hydration. July is one of the hottest months of the summer, which means that pets are at elevated risks of both dehydration and heatstroke. Read on as a Carrollton, GA vet offers tips on keeping Fido properly hydrated.

Water Stations

First and foremost, make sure that your canine pal always has plenty of fresh water. If you have more than one pup and/or a large house, set out more than one bowl. If you have a yard for your pooch to play in, keep water bowls outdoors as well. Wash the bowls daily, as otherwise they’ll gather grime, bugs, and bacteria.

Pet Fountains

Why not get your canine buddy a water fountain? There are indoor models that just keep the water moving. Or, you can get your dog an outdoor one that sprays water when he steps on a pad. This is pretty fun for Fido, and is of course adorable to watch. Automatic waterers can also be very helpful. Just be sure to clean the reservoir regularly!

Snacks

Man’s Best Friend is very, very enthusiastic about food. Choosing food and snacks with a high moisture content can also help prevent doggy dehydration. On hot days, offer your pup a bowl of sodium-free broth. Or, put shredded meat; pieces of kibble; or broken dog biscuits in an ice cube tray or freezer mold, and pour water or broth over them, and freeze overnight. Doggy ice cream will also get that tail going.

Doggy On The Go

Always bring water for Fido when you take him out and about. Consider getting your furry pal a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser, which is really easy to bring with you. You can also get some collapsible plastic doggy dishes. These are very lightweight, and can fit into a wallet or pocket when folded up.

Warning Signs

Keep a close eye on your furry friend, and watch for signs of dehydration. Some red flags include panting, dark urine, a warm back, sunken eyes, a dry nose, and discolored gums. More serious symptoms include trembling, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately give Fido water and call your vet.

Please reach out to us at All About Animals Veterinary Services, your Carrollton, GA pet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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