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Keeping Your Pets Hydrated

Keeping Your Pets Hydrated

As the weather starts to heat up, pets need hydration just like humans do, and it’s important to make sure they’re getting enough water throughout the day. Pets can become dehydrated quickly, and it can be dangerous if not caught in time.

There are a few easy ways to tell if your pet is dehydrated. First, check their gums. If they are dry or tacky to the touch, this is a sign of dehydration. You can also check their skin by lightly pinching it. If the skin takes longer than normal to snap back into place, this is another sign that your pet is dehydrated.

If you think your pet is dehydrated, it’s important to take action immediately. Here are a few tips to help keep your pet hydrated during the hot weather months.

  • Give them fresh, clean water to drink and make sure it’s always available. This means filling up their water bowl or bottle regularly and cleaning it out often and if you’re going to be away from home during the day, make sure to fill up their water bowl before you leave.
  • Consider adding water to your pet’s food. This is especially helpful for cats, as they often don’t drink as much water as they should. Adding water to their food will help them stay hydrated.
  • Add some ice to their water bowl to help keep it cool. You can also freeze some of their favourite treats like dog biscuits or catnip for them to enjoy on a hot day.
  • Limit their time outdoors. When it’s hot outside, it’s best to keep your pet indoors where it’s cooler. If they must go outside, make sure they have a shady spot to rest in and keep an eye on them.
  • Take them for a swim. If your pet enjoys the water, take them for a swim on a hot day. This is a great way for them to stay cool and have some fun at the same time.
  • Give them a cool bath.

If your pet is showing signs of severe dehydration, such as vomiting or diarrhea, it’s important to seek veterinary care immediately. Dehydration can be very dangerous, and even life-threatening, so it’s important to get your pet to a vet as soon as possible.

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