Pet Hydration and Why It’s Important During the Summer
With the onset of summer, it’s crucial for pet owners to be watchful and ensure their furry companions stay well-hydrated. The warmer months bring forth serious concerns of heat exhaustion and dehydration, which can result in health problems and even mortality. It’s essential to keep in mind that preventing dehydration can be as easy as ensuring your pet has continuous access to fresh water, allowing you both to relish a summer filled with joy and excitement 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.
An easy way to avoid dehydration in pets is by monitoring their water intake and providing indoor and outdoor water. If your pet is more active than usual during the summer, it is essential to provide additional water as they lose fluids through panting and sweating.
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.
If you notice your pet is not drinking enough water or showing symptoms of dehydration, contact us immediately. Veterinarians can provide essential care when handling severe dehydration cases. They may conduct a hydration test and administer subcutaneous or IV fluids.