Welcome to Arizona – the land of extreme heat. If you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon state in the summer months, you know how scorching the days can be. Recently we’ve been experiencing record temperatures around 122°. The average temperature in July is around 110°. Combine that heat with lack of humidity and everything seems to dry out. Humans are prone to dehydration but what about our pets? While our bodies are made up of 55-60% water, our pet’s are made up of 80% water! That’s quite a large difference! Since July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month, let’s talk about how to keep your fur babies drinking that water!
Pet Hydration Month
To keep it simply, our pets need about one ounce of water per pound of body weight. This theory would suggest that Wynston needs 8oz of water daily since he weighs 8lbs. So how do I keep my cats and dogs drinking enough water?
Pet fountains: We keep two pet fountains inside our home. We have a Drinkwell Pagoda fountain in the kitchen. It’s easily accessible from the family room and back patio door. In our master bedroom we keep the Drinkwell Platinum so my animals don’t have to travel far to drink water. I never want them to be deterred from drinking because they have to walk too far of a distance. Matt and I live in a ranch style home so it can take effort to walk from one end to the other. My cats and dogs love drinking from flowing water so when I got the pet fountains I noticed them drinking a lot more!
Have plenty of water when you leave the house: Whether you’re on a road trip or just running a simple errand, make sure you have plenty of water for yourself and your pet. I never leave the house without water no matter what time of year it is, but it’s especially crucial during the hot summer months.
Carry a collapsible bowl: Wynston will drink water from a water bottle cap but most dogs won’t. I always carry a collapsible bowl on me when I take any or all of my dogs out. Even though Wynston will drink from a bottle or cap, I still bring a bowl just in case. Plus you never know if you’ll come across another dog that needs some water!
Keep water outside: If your dog is outside for any amount of time (please don’t leave your dog outside in the summer for an extended period of time) you need to provide them with fresh, clean water. I keep a fresh bowl of water on my back patio, which I clean and refill everyday. We have a big backyard and my dogs like to run around even when it’s hot out. I like to have water outside so the dogs don’t have to come inside just to drink fresh water.
Signs of Pet Dehydration
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
You should seek veterinary attention for your pet if you suspect they are dehydrated, but in the meantime you can perform the skin test. All you have to do is grab a loose fold of skin on the back of the neck or in between the shoulder blades then release it. If the skin snaps back into place, your pet should most likely be okay. If the skin returns to it’s position very slowly, your pet could be dehydrated and needs to see a vet immediately.
Now I’m giving YOU the chance to win a pet fountain from PetSafe! Their newest fountain is the Current Pet Fountain, which Wynston got to try out at BlogPaws and he gives it two paws up! The winner will get to choose their preferred size and color.
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