dog drinking water

Pets need plenty of water to drink any time of year, but more so when the weather gets hot

Without adequate hydration, a number of health conditions can arise and cause serious harm. This is why the team at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center wants to stress the necessity of keeping your pet hydrated by offering some suggestions in getting your pet to drink more water. Read on to learn more!

How Much Water Does My Pet Need?

Unlike us, pets don’t acquire as much moisture from their diets as we do, especially if they are only given dry kibble. This is why they need a constant source of clean drinking water they can access  throughout the day. In terms of how much is enough, usually your pet will decide the right amount that quenches their thirst to stay hydrated, but some pets don’t consume enough, which is why there are tricks  to encouraging better hydration.

The more active your pet is, the more they need. Likewise, if they are outside or exercising, their thirst will naturally increase. Pets who have to take medication or are health compromised often require more water too. 

So, how do you help your pet drink more water? Here are some tips!

Keep Your Pet Hydrated with These Tips

Some pets don’t drink enough water, while others, like cats, are finicky about their water source. In order to keep your pet’s organs in good working order, though, requires adequate hydration. Here are a few simple tips to keep your pet cool and get enough moisture.

  1. Offer them ice cubes. Fill the water bowl with water and ice cubes. Dogs love to lick on and chew the ice cubes, which in turns, gives them more water.
  2. Make popsicles or frozen snacks. You can choose from a variety of fruit-based waters by crushing some fruit, like strawberries and pineapple, in water and freezing them into a frozen treat. There are several recipes for tasty frozen snacks for your pet, too, on popular sites like Pinterest.
  3. Get a pet drinking fountain. Most pets would rather drink from running water sources than not. It’s in their instinct to avoid stagnant water unless necessary to avoid bacteria, so why not rely on their instinct and offer a cool fountain. Cats especially love these!
  4. Add water to their food. To add  more moisture to your pet’s regular meal, add some water, or switch to a wet variety if your pet is okay with it. Just be sure to make the change gradually, so as not to cause digestive upset.
  5. Add some tuna water to the bowl. If your pet is of the feline persuasion, entice them to drink more by giving them some tuna water in the bowl or poured over their kibble.
  6. Load up on bowls. Instead of just a single bowl for your furry one, place several clean water bowls around the house and some outside, so your pet can access them any time they are thirsty.

Thirsty Pet

One of the key issues among our cats and dogs in warm weather is dehydration. Encourage your pet to drink as much water as they need by putting these tips to the test. We’re sure your pet will approve!

For more information on keeping your pet hydrated, or to schedule an appointment, please call us.