Keep Your Dog Hydrated This Summer

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One of the best parts about summer is that you get to spend more time outside with your canine companion since the days are longer. However, we need to keep in mind that the temperatures can become severe. Here are some tips to make sure your dog does not get dehydrated or suffer from heat exhaustion.

  1. Water, Water, Water. Makes sure your dog has water available at all times. Fresh, cool water is enticing to a dog, which means he may drink it pretty fast. It’s important that you monitor his water intake during the day often. 
  2. Always carry water when going outside. Even if your walk is 15-20 minutes, make sure your dog has water available. Bring a water bottle or go to a place with a water fountain. Remember to stop often for water breaks. 
  3. Hydrate with wet food. Just like us, cats and dogs need a lot of water to stay healthy. Their bodies are made of 75% water, yet they rarely drink enough of it to support excellent hydration and organ function. That’s why HALO recommends that at least 25-50% of their daily calories come from wet food.
  4. Give ice cubes as treats. Many dogs like to hear the crunching of the ice so giving them some ice cubes can be helpful. Dropping them in the bowl to keep water cool can help your dog drink more water during the day as well. 

Do you have any tips for keeping your dog hydrated? Let us know in the comments below. 

4 thoughts on “Keep Your Dog Hydrated This Summer

  • Quest4K9s
    June 15, 2019 at 8:55 am

    If out on a warm day & your dog could use a cool down but refuses to get near water (or you’re not by any water) cup some cool water in your hand and apply it to their rib cage, belly area and the pads of their feet. Carry plenty of water & be sure you both will have enough drinking water left after their underside cool off.

  • Stacey
    June 15, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Veterinarians do not recommend giving pets ice! It wears down and can crack their teeth.

  • Stacey
    June 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    My dogs like to eat frozen green beans and frozen blueberries. They both thaw very quickly and don’t hurt their teeth.

  • Sandra L Geisenhof
    July 24, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I have a neck scarf with a gel material in it made for dogs. I soak it in cold water for 15 min. and I tie it around his neck. It keeps him cool on our walk.

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