Pet Hydration this Summer
Similar to people, the majority of our pets body weight consists of water. In fact, as opposed to our 60% water concentration, cats and dogs bodies are actually closer to 80%.
The Role Water Plays in Your Pet’s Health
Water plays the following roles in your pet’s health:
- Water helps prevent urinary tract infections. Low water intake can result in urinary tract infections and even the creation of urinary stones or crystals.
- Water regulates temperature. It cools the body and helps to maintain a steady body temperature.
- Water improves recovery. It helps to improve kidney function which in turn flush toxins from the body.
Signs of Dehydration in Dogs
The following a few signs of dehydration in dogs:
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
How to Keep Your Pet Hydrated
Keeping your pet properly hydrated requires 1 oz of water per 1lb of body weight. This may seem like a lot, but it’s essential for pet hydration. Therefore, we have put together a few tips on how to keep your pet hydrated:
- Add water to their food. Pet food (particularly kibble) has an extremely low moisture content. This differs from the varied food diet that we eight as humans, which makes water intake even more crucial. Mixing water in their dry food, or giving them wet food on occasion, can go a long way in getting your pet the water they need.
- Add flavor to their water. If you having a difficult time getting your pet to drink their water, we suggest pouring some chicken or beef broth in their water bowl as an easy way to encourage them to drink more.
- Consider a pet water fountain. Running water is a more natural way for pets to drink, as they are instinctively drawn to streams and rivers where water is flowing and safe. Many pet water fountain products mimic the sight and sound, which encourages them to quench their thirst.
These are just a few essential factors for Pet Hydration Awareness Month. Contact us here at All Pets with the link below for more information or to schedule your next appointment with us!