By the time July rolls around every year, we’ve already experienced a month of sweltering heat in Arizona. Temperatures of 115° have so generously made our days slightly miserable and there’s a constant desire to remain cool at all costs. We see warnings about keeping pets inside during the hot summer months, and pet parents know the risks of walking dogs during the day in such heat. But the easiest, most important solution to keeping our pets cool and healthy is proper water intake. July is the PetSafe® Brand Pet Hydration Month, and it’s the perfect time to remind pet parents about the importance of how much water our pets actually need to consume. Let’s chat about the benefits of proper hydration for your pet, and finish off with a super fun pet fountain giveaway!
PetSafe® Brand Pet Hydration Month
Why is pet hydration so important?
Just as it’s crucial for humans to stay hydrated, it’s just as important for our pets to stay hydrated. There are several benefits of proper pet hydration, as well as health risks if our pets don’t drink enough.
Urinary Tract Infections and Disease
Cats are especially susceptible to UTIs if they do not stay hydrated. Urinary stones and crystals are common among cats, and the best preventative is simply enough water intake. If your pets aren’t drinking enough water, consider adding water to their dry food to increase the moisture level. Wet food can also potentially help with hydration.
Energy Levels and Temperature Regulation
Do you ever notice how much energy you lack if you don’t drink enough water? It’s the same for our pets! When your pet drinks enough water, they have more energy for playtime and exercise. Water also helps regulate body temperature during seasons of intense heat.
Speeding Recovery Time from Illness or Injury
Drinking water helps promote healthy kidney function in our pets, and it assists in flushing out toxins from their bodies. While this is always a benefit of drinking enough water, it’s especially important for recovery.
Check out this super fun video to learn more!
How much water does my dog or cat need to drink?
There is a simple fact that can help pet parents remember how much our pets need to drink: your pet needs to drink one ounce of water per one pound of body weight everyday. For example, Wynston weights 8lbs so he needs to drink at least 8oz of water each day. It’s the “1 for 1” rule. Easy, right?! *Senior pets or those recovering from injury or illness may need to drink more.*
Symptoms of Dehydration and How to Avoid it
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Lack of energy
- Excessive panting
- Loss of appetite
- Sunken or dry eyes
- Dry or sticky gums
- Loss of skin elasticity
When traveling or going on walks, be sure to bring plenty of water with you. If you’re outside with your pets, make sure they always have access to clean water. When indoors, change your pet’s water frequently and wash their bowl. Heat can cause extra bacteria to grow.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet could be dehydrated!
About PetSafe Brand Fountains
PetSafe brand fountains offer an incredible alternative to traditional pet bowls. Since discovering them years ago, I’ve always had at least one pet fountain from PetSafe Brand in my home. Not only are they stylish, but the flowing, filtered water encourages animals to drink more.
Why I Love PetSafe Brand Fountains
- Easy to clean
- Affordable and stylish
- Filter tap water
- Encourage my pets to drink more, which helps reduce the risk of health problems.
- Prevent bacteria growth
Drinkwell® 360 Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Fountain
I’ll be honest – I’ve tried several of the PetSafe fountains and I love them all. So far, there isn’t one that I wouldn’t recommend! The newest one we’re trying is the Drinkwell® 360 Mulit-Pet Stainless Steel Fountain and all of my kids took to it right away. I appreciate that it’s big enough for more than one of my animals to use at a time. Even though there are multiple water streams (which you can adjust), it’s nearly silent, which is great! This fountain was super easy to get up and running, and it’s easy to clean.
Giveaway: Win a Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain
Whether you’ve never tried a PetSafe brand fountain or you’re due for a new one, now is your chance to try the Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain! The Sedona offers a sleek design, while offering a 100oz water capacity. The design minimizes spilling and splashing, and allows for pets with different shaped faces to easily drink from it. The Drinkwell Sedona Pet Fountain is perfect for any size pet and multiple pet households. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway, and good luck!
*Giveaway open to US residents 18+ years or older. Anyone found to be manipulating the giveaway will be disqualified. All entries are verified. View full disclosures here.*