Maintain Your Pet’s Hydration in the Summer
As the summer season approaches, it’s crucial for pet owners to remain vigilant in ensuring their furry companions stay hydrated. With the rising temperatures, heat exhaustion and dehydration become serious concerns that can lead to health problems and even fatal outcomes. Remember, preventing dehydration can be as easy as providing your pet with continuous access to fresh water, ensuring you both can savor a joyous and safe summer together.
The Importance of Water
Apart from acting as a hydration source, water plays a crucial role in regulating body temperature and supporting organ health. Deprivation of water can lead to dehydration, which may manifest through symptoms like lethargy, dry gums, sunken eyes, and excessive panting.
An easy way to avoid dehydration in pets is by monitoring their water intake and providing indoor and outdoor water. If your pet is more active than usual during the summer, it is essential to provide additional water as they lose fluids through panting and sweating.
Certain pets may exhibit pickiness regarding the water they consume. To ensure your pet stays adequately hydrated, offer clean and fresh water. Enhance its appeal by adding fruit slices, ice cubes, or broth to make it more enticing. Moreover, some pets might prefer running water, making a pet water fountain an excellent choice to encourage hydration.
If you notice your pet is not drinking enough water or showing symptoms of dehydration, contact us immediately. Veterinarians can provide essential care when handling severe dehydration cases. They may conduct a hydration test and administer subcutaneous or IV fluids.