Good news! August is the halfway mark to the end of summer and cooler weather is coming! However, keeping our pets hydrated is still an important topic for pet parents.
How much water do our pets need?
Did you know that your cat or dog is made up of 80% water? (Humans are made up of 65% water) This is why people and pets need water to properly maintain all body functions. Generally cats or dogs need approximately ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound daily depending on diet (canned food contains more water), age, activity level and time of year.
Generally if dogs are supplied with fresh clean water they will drink the amount their body requires. Keeping cats hydrated is a little more challenging – they get most of their water intake from their food and dry food, for example, only contains about 10% moisture. They will need their food supplemented with extra drinking water.
Symptoms of Dehydration in Pets:
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
Also watch for sudden changes in behavior and in their drinking habits. If you suspect dehydration perform a skin test: Gently grab a fold of skin on the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades & release. If the skin snaps back into place, your pet should be okay. If the skin slowly returns to place, your pet could be dehydrated. Contact your vet if you suspect dehydration in your pet.
- Always have fresh water available – clean bowl daily
- Consider a water fountain – they’re great for the finicky cat who prefers fresh running water
- Create a couple of water stations in different locations in your home
- Be creative and add variety by adding ice cubes to their water bowls or fill a water replendisher with ice cubes – works well for curious cats
- Frozen treats are excellent for dogs – http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/eating/recipes/animal_treats/dog_popsicles.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
Stay Cool and Hydrated this summer!