Water is an important part of your pet’s diet, just like it is for humans. Water not only helps with digestion and flushing out toxins, but it also assists with temperature regulation. As the weather gets warmer and temperatures continue to rise, it is a good idea to get your pet in the habit of consuming an adequate amount of water. A good rule of thumb for dogs is one cup of water for every 10 pounds of body weight.
Here are a few ways you can help your pet stay hydrated:
- Provide more opportunities to drink water
Most people have a water bowl next to their dog or cat’s food dish, which is perfect. That encourages them to drink while eating, and it’s easily accessible. However, it can also be a good idea to put additional water bowls out in places where they spend time, whether that is another room in the house, or on each level of the house. Keep a bowl outdoors as well that you fill up when you’re spending time outside.
Going to the park, on a long walk, or traveling in the car? Don’t forget to pack a travel bowl or a connector that attaches to a bottle of water so that your dog can quickly get a drink too.
- Add water to their food
Another simple way to get more water into your pet’s system is through their food. Sprinkle some water over their food, whether it is dry or already moist. The extra water won’t hurt anything and will help your pet stay hydrated. For older animals, it can also make their food easier to chew and digest. Adding some chicken broth or beef broth can be another option, as it also adds some extra flavor.
- Make frozen treats
Your dog may not be a huge fan of lapping water out of a bowl, but they might enjoy a nice ice cube or other frozen treat. Freeze plain water, water with bits of fruit inside, pureed fruit, or chicken or beef broth. Simply take one out of the freezer for a cold, flavorful treat for your pup while also providing them with more fluids. You can find tons of recipes online. Just make sure you are using foods that are safe for dogs.
- Offer running water
Some cats actually prefer running water as opposed to still water. When your cat is nearby, let the faucet drip or turn it on at a slow, steady stream and see if they will drink. You can also get a pet fountain that keeps water running for them to enjoy. When you’re outdoors, your dog may have fun drinking from the hose or sprinkler. Just make sure you let the water run for a few seconds to ensure it’s cool enough to drink.
Giving your pets plenty of access to fresh, clean drinking water is essential for their health and well-being. When you’re away, you can have peace of mind that your dog or cat has regular access to clean water while at Lake Wylie Pet Resort, plus a cool place to relax and play on hot days. Contact us today to book your pet’s next stay.