How to Keep your Dog Hydrated Outdoor
Pet Hydration Month, Is your Pet Catered for Well?
We love going for outdoor activities with the furry family members.
For instance, hiking, nature walks, and during summer or warm seasons, we carry loads of water to keep hydrated.
Dogs may mostly be affected as their body are mostly covered with fur and may suffer also from heatstroke.
Importantly being a National pet awareness month in July it is great if we ensure our pets are well hydrated as we engage them in outdoor activities.
Despite this, when going to the beach one can carry a shower compressor or a cool mat to regulate its temperature when it gets too hot to avoid dehydration.
What is Dehydration?
Dehydration is the process of losing fluids from the body faster than you are replacing them. Anyone can get dehydrated even our lovable pets if not given enough fluids.
Notably, the temperature can soar as high as 90 degrees during the hotter seasons and summer making the dogs and cats consume a lot of water. If not provided with enough water during this season the pets can become dehydrated.
Heat is the main source of dehydration as the body tends to lose a lot of water through sweating and panting for the dogs.
During the summer one can install a pet pool in the backyard for the dogs to cool off and have a fun time. Moreover, if your dog doesn’t drink during summer or during vigorous training it may suffer from heatstroke which is life-threatening.
Symptoms of Dehydration
- Dry nose
- Lack of energy and stamina
- Less and thick saliva
- Dry looking sunken eyes
- Dry mouth and tongue
- Less urination
- Dry skin and coat
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Excessive sweating
- Confusion and dizziness
Ways of Keeping the Dog Hydrated
Unquestionable dehydration can be reversed by giving enough fluids before it becomes severe.
If the body stays dehydrated for long it can interfere with your dog’s kidneys hence immediate treatment should be sought.
Obviously, during summer it is far worse as the dog sweats from all parts of the body including the paws. The dog may benefit from having a great water fountain or bowl indoor to serve their drinking needs.
Carry Enough Water Bottles when Outdoor
Despite this, we have different ways of keeping the dog cool and hydrated when outdoor. Firstly one can carry water bottles during hiking, run or going to the park or fix one on her crate if taking a road trip. Subsequently, collapsible water bottles are easy to carry when on the move. Also during nature walks most areas have water fountains that the dog can drink from.
It is important to increase your dog’s water intake, especially during summer as hot humid weather increases sweating and loss of fluids. Besides this vigorous training or exercise by your dog can lead to excessive sweating and water loss from its body. If not replaced can lead to dehydration.
Give High Water Content Fruits and Vegetables
Give your dog plenty of fluids to avoid dehydrating and also give fruits and vegetables (broccoli, cucumber, tomato) with high water content. We have a variety of fruits that are good for your dog starting with melons. Melons are known to have a lot of water contents almost 90% and may be beneficial to your dog, especially during hotter seasons.
Give Wellbeing Drinks
In preparation for the pet hydration awareness month in July, we can now buy drinks for boosting our dog energy levels that have been specifically formulated for them. It is important to keep your pet hydrated and access to water around the home is essential.
Place water bowls and fountains near feeding areas and places that the dog and other pets can easily access when thirsty.
We have various drinks in the pet stores that aid in boosting your dog’s wellness and hydration free of preservatives and other harmful ingredients, for instance, furr boost.
It’s July, it hot, during the summer, and what better way than to set a month to remember why our pets need to be hydrated.
Give More Wet Foods in Summer
Wet food has a lot of water intake as compared to dry food. It is advisable to give more wet food during summer to ensure enough fluids intake. Due to the heat avoid leaving wet food outdoor as it may go stale.
It may be hard to check on the dog’s water intake as it keeps moving around but with food, an empty bowl is an indication of consumed food.
In addition when giving dry food and treats ensure to give plenty of water too or add a bit of fluid to the food. Change of texture may encourage the dog to eat the food.
Lastly. flavor your dog water with chicken soup to make it tasty which may encourage your dog to drink more.
Install Running Water Outdoor
This move may encourage them to drink from the taps and fountains outdoor, it can be in the yard or near the gardens. The running water and sprinklers in the yard may also provide an area of cooling off for your dog and other pets.
Keep your pet healthy, safe, and well-hydrated even during summer. Summer can be a tiring season for our pets with temperatures rising.
A lot can be done to keep our dogs well hydrated and still enjoy summer. If you love walking your dog, do it in the early morning and late-night when the temperatures are low. Preferably at 8 am and 5 pm to avoid overheating.
Alongside this, when going for long summer trips do not leave your dog in the car. Dogs die in cars due to heatstroke. Keep the car well ventilated for enough air to circulate especially while traveling with your dog.
Ensure to carry enough water for you and your dog when doing outdoor activities like hiking, mountain climbing, going to the beach even for emergencies. You can carry enough water bottles when going for walks.
Finally, give your dog fruits and vegetables with high water content to replace the water getting lost from their bodies incorporate them into their other diet.