Keep Your Pet Hydrated During Summertime
Pet owners must be on the lookout for dehydration in their furry friends as summer draws closer. During these hotter months, heat exhaustion and dehydration are major causes for concern because they can result in serious health problems or even death. It is significant to remember that preventing dehydration can be as easy as making sure your pet always has access to fresh water so that you can both enjoy a summer filled with fun.
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 animals may have particular tastes in the water they drink. Give your pet clean, fresh water to ensure they get enough to drink. To make the water more appealing, add fruit slices, ice cubes, or broth. Incorporating a pet water fountain may be a good idea because pets sometimes prefer running water.
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.