It’s everywhere – the caution to stay hydrated, especially during the summer. Even the weatherman on your local news broadcast advises when you should be concerned about drinking enough water. These advisories go for pets, too.
During July, PetSafe, the makers of pet water fountains and multiple outdoor training systems, is running an awareness campaign that asks “Does Your Pet Have a Drinking Problem?” Their goal is to inform pet lovers about the importance of providing enough fresh water to help pets stay safe and healthy. Here are a few of their possibly life-saving tips about water:
*80% of your pet’s body is made of water, while humans are only made up of 60% water.
*Your pet needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. This amount may increase based on the pet’s activity level or existing health conditions.
*Dehydration occurs when fluid levels drop due to either reduced water intake or increased fluid loss.
*Fluid loss can be due to overheating in hot weather.
*Dehydration symptoms include lethargy, sunken eyes, loss of appetite, or depression. If you suspect your pet is dehydrated, take them to a vet immediately.
*You may be able to detect dehydration at home. Gently lift the skin on the back of your pet’s neck or between the shoulder blades. Unless your pet is seriously overweight or very thin, the skin should immediately return to a normal position. If hydration is low, the lifted skin may stay lifted and slowly return to normal. Remember, only your vet can provide proper diagnosis and treatment.
*Provide clean water at all times and change it frequently for freshness. Be sure to wash bowls every day to prevent bacterial build up.
*Bring extra water when you’re traveling or exercising with your pet. We have portable water bowls made just for these moments.
*Keep your toilet lid closed to interrupt your dog’s or cat’s efforts to turn the toilet bowl into a water fountain. The toilet is a source of potentially unhealthy bacteria.
*Any time your pet is outside, make sure there’s fresh water at hand (paw).