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Keeping Your Dog Hydrated

Summer is almost officially here. At this time of year, heat and hydration are big concerns for people with dogs. Our furry pals are, well, furry, and can get hot very easily. Plus, Fido can’t exactly get himself a drink of water. Read on as a Flat Rock, NC vet offers some advice on keeping your pup properly hydrated.

Water

First and foremost, make sure that your canine buddy always has fresh water. You may need to put up multiple water stations, especially if you have a large house, multiple floors, and/or more than one pooch. Clean the bowls at least once a day, and keep them filled.

Ice

One thing you can do is drop a few ice cubes into your four-legged buddy’s bowl when it’s hot out. Fido may also enjoy chewing on a few cubes. This is fine, as long as you don’t give him too many. (If you have a cat, Fluffy may enjoy batting ice cubes around.)

Broth

Sodium-free broth is great for pets, as it contains electrolytes, which help with hydration. Pour your furry buddy a bowl on sweltering days. You can also freeze it as cubes, and offer these as treats.

Snacks

Speaking of treats, another thing you can do is choose ones with a high moisture content. Add some water to your pup’s canned food, and freeze it in small portions. You can also get Fido some ice cream that was made just for him. Or, make your own. You’ll find great recipes online. Another option is to pour gravy, baby food, or broth over shaved ice. (Note: if you use gravy or baby food, pick a brand that does not contain garlic or onions.)

Out And About

Do you like to take Fido hiking, or visit parks or lakes with him? Always bring water along for your canine companion. We recommend getting a portable doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. Also, when you are out and about, don’t let your pet drink from pools, lakes, rivers, or streams. Bottled water is much safer!

Fountains

Did you know that many dogs prefer to drink running water? Consider getting Fido his own fountain. This may turn out to be an adorable way to keep your furry friend hydrated!

Please contact us, your Flat Rock, NC vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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