How To Keep Your Pet Hydrated
Pet owners need to be especially careful as summer approaches to ensure that their furry friends are properly hydrated. Dehydration and heat exhaustion can result in serious health problems, including death, so they should be taken very seriously during these warmer months. It’s important to remember that providing your pet with constant access to fresh water can prevent dehydration, allowing you to have a fun-filled summer together.
The Importance of Water
In addition to providing a source of hydration, water serves a vital purpose in regulating body temperature and helping maintain organ health. A lack of water can cause dehydration, which can manifest in symptoms such as lethargy, dry gums, sunken eyes, and panting.
Monitoring your pet’s water intake and providing both indoor and outdoor water are simple ways to prevent dehydration in pets. During the summer, if your pet is more active than usual, you must give them more water because they lose fluids through sweating and panting.
Some pets may be picky about the quality of the water they drink. To ensure your pet drinks enough water, provide clean and fresh water. Add fruit slices, ice cubes, or broth to the water to make it more enticing. Additionally, pets may prefer running water, so integrating a pet water fountain may be a good option.
Please get in touch with us right away if you see signs that your pet is dehydrated or not drinking enough water. When treating cases of severe dehydration, veterinarians can offer crucial care. They could perform a hydration test and give them IV or subcutaneous fluids.