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The Importance of Pet Hydration in the Summer

As summer approaches, pet owners must be diligent in keeping their canine friends hydrated. Heat exhaustion and dehydration are major concerns during the hotter months, since they can cause serious health problems and even death. It is important to note that preventing dehydration may be as easy as ensuring your pet always has access to fresh water so that you can both have a fun-filled summer together.

The Value of Water

Water is important for controlling body temperature and maintaining organ health, in addition to supplying hydration. Dehydration can result from a lack of fluids, which can present as symptoms such as lethargy, dry gums, sunken eyes, and panting.

Avoiding Dehydration

Monitoring their water consumption and giving them indoor and outside water is an easy approach to preventing dehydration in dogs. If your pet is more active than normal during the summer, it is critical that you offer extra water to replenish fluids lost via panting and perspiration.

Selective Drinkers

Some pets may be fussy about the water they consume. Provide clean and fresh water to your pet to ensure he or she drinks plenty. Make the water more appealing by adding fruit slices, ice cubes, or broth. Also, pets may enjoy flowing water, so incorporating a pet water fountain might be a wonderful idea.

If you observe your pet not drinking enough water or exhibiting dehydration signs, please call us right away. When dealing with extreme dehydration, veterinarians can give vital treatment. They may do a hydration test and deliver intravenous or subcutaneous fluids.