During the hottest months of the year, staying hydrated is of utmost importance, for both you and your pet.
Human bodies are made up of 55 to 60 percent water, but did you know that your dog or cat’s body is made up of 80 percent water? Keeping pets hydrated is imperative for vital organ function like digestion and waste removal, and when they become dehydrated, serious health issues can arise.
Take a look at this helpful infographic, and then we’ll chat some more below.
When temperatures are on the rise during the hottest months of the year, it’s imperative that you know the symptoms of dehydration in your dog or cat. Look for:
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
If your pet is dehydrated, or you’re simply not sure, always defer to your veterinarian.
Always have fresh, clean drinking water available for your pet. At our house, we love the Drinkwell fountain because it aerates the water and inhibits bacteria growth, and the constantly moving water encourages our pets to drink, drink, drink. If you’ve never tried a fountain for your pets, we strongly recommend it.
What do you do to encourage your pet to drink water and stay hydrated, especially during the warm summer months?
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