Keep Your Pet Hydrated During the Summer
As the summer season approaches, here at Beaches Animal Hospital, we want to remind all pet owners about the importance of keeping their furry companions well-hydrated. The warmer months bring with them the risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration, which can lead to serious health issues or even be fatal. But fear not, preventing dehydration in your pets can be a straightforward and enjoyable task that will ensure both you and your furry friend have a fantastic and safe summer together.
Water: The Vital Elixir
Water is not only a source of hydration but also plays a crucial role in regulating body temperature and maintaining organ health in pets. Dehydration can lead to various symptoms like lethargy, dry gums, sunken eyes, and excessive panting, so it’s crucial to keep a close eye on your pet’s water intake during the hotter months.
Ways to Avoid Dehydration
To help your pets stay hydrated, it’s essential to monitor their water intake and ensure they have access to water both indoors and outdoors. The summer heat can make pets more active, leading to increased fluid loss through panting and sweating. So, be proactive and provide extra water if needed.
Addressing Picky Drinkers
Some pets can be picky when it comes to the quality of their water. To encourage them to drink more, ensure their water is always clean and fresh. You can make it more enticing by adding fruit slices, ice cubes, or even a bit of broth. Some pets might also prefer running water, so investing in a pet water fountain could be a great option to keep them well-hydrated.
Seeking Veterinary Care
If you notice that your pet is not drinking enough water or exhibiting signs of dehydration, don’t hesitate to contact Beaches Animal Hospital immediately. Our team of experienced veterinarians is well-equipped to handle severe dehydration cases. We can conduct a hydration test and administer subcutaneous or IV fluids as necessary to get your pet back to their healthy, happy self.
Remember, proper hydration is the key to a safe and enjoyable summer for your beloved pets. Let’s ensure they stay cool, hydrated, and full of energy during the sunny days ahead!