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Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

Summer is just around the corner. The heat can be pretty rough on our animal companions, so it’s important to make sure your furred or feathered friend stays properly hydrated. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, your Carrollton, GA pet hospital, serving the Villa Rica area, a vet offers some tips on how to do that.

Water

First and foremost, make sure your little (or not so little) buddy always has plenty of cool, clean water. You may want to use refrigerated water to fill their bowl. Some pets prefer drinking running water. Consider getting your animal companion a pet fountain.

Broth

Many of our four-legged friends enjoy drinking sodium-free broth. Offer your pet a chilled bowl of it on scorching days. You can also make your own by boiling chicken bones down, and then straining out the liquid. Or, just freeze broth in ice cube trays.

Hydrating Treats

Choose treats with a high water content. Seedless melons and watermelons are a good option here, and are safe for many pets. Partially thawed frozen blueberries are also a good bet. A kitty, on the other hand, may like a can of tuna in water. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Ice

Another thing you can do is drop an ice cube into your pet’s bowl. Some pets also enjoy gnawing on a few ice cubes. For cats, mix water with tuna water and freeze in small portions. Or, combine tuna or chicken with shaved ice.

Ice Cream

You can find doggy ice cream for Fido in stores, or make your own. Fluffy may like frozen broth mixed with a little organic chicken or fish puree. Some smaller animals, such as birds, may be able to enjoy small amounts of frozen yogurt or even organic sherbet. Ask your vet for more information.

Electrolytes

As you may know, replacing electrolytes is crucial when treating dehydrated humans. This is also a concern with pets. However, there is no across-the-board solution. For instance, some hydrating products, such as sports drinks, contain a lot of sugar. Others are safe for some pets but not for others. Ask your vet to recommend a good pet hydrating product, and keep some on hand.

Please reach out to us here at All About Animals Veterinary Services, your Carrollton, GA pet hospital, local vet clinic, anytime. We are dedicated to offering great care!

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