5 simple ways to keep your dog hydrated

Why your dog needs water

You may know that dogs need water but do you really know why? And what does staying hydrated mean to you? Well, water supplies your dog with plenty of electrolytes needed for digestion, circulation, and bowel movement.

Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

There are several rules to make sure your furry friend is always wetting his whistle. Check out these simple tips:

1. Ensure your dog’s bowl is always clean

The truth is that when your dog’s bowl has the green algae or mold growing around the edges, your dog may be discouraged to drink from it. Just like you like taking water from a clean cup, dogs also like their bowls squeaky clean.

2. Go with a water bottle

Whenever you’re walking or exercising your dog, always ensure you go with water. Besides, make sure they have easy access to potable water when playing in the park or hiking.

3. Add water to your dog’s food

When you add a little water to your dog’s food, it helps to get more water into their body. Besides, adding water to the dry kibble makes them food a little different for your pup. You can also offer your dog pieces of ice as a form of a treat.

4. Provide a place to cool off

One of the major causes of dehydration is exposure to sunlight for too long. And pets, especially those with dark coats tend to heat up quickly in the sun.

5. You can try a pet drinking fountain

Sometimes, dogs have the instinct that stagnant water (like water in a bowl) is not safe, but running water is freshwater. If you look closely, you’ll notice that your dog is naturally drawn to running water and would drink more from a fountain than they will from the bowl water.

How to know when your dog is dehydrated

Generally, you need to always keep a close eye on your dog, especially as their activity increases or the temperature rises. You can check out for the following signs of dehydration:

Lethargy

If you notice less pep in your dog’s step without any sign of illness, they may need some hydration. Dogs need water just like humans to lubricate their joints and fuel their muscles.

Dry gums

You can open your dog’s lips to reveal their gums, and if you notice that they are dry, sticky, or pale, it’s a sign that your dog is dehydrated.

Increased heart rate

It might be hard to identify an increased heart rate, but this is one of the symptoms of dehydration. So what you need to do is to check out for a rapid heart rate. If your dog is panting profusely, you need to check for dehydration immediately. That should do, but if it doesn’t, then you should consult your vet.

Loss of appetite

If your dog turns down food, it could mean they need some hydration first. But a bigger issue might be at play. That’s why you need to offer them fresh water first to see if it will whet their appetite, but if they still show reluctance, it is better to consult your vet for advice.

How to know if your dog is satisfied

You obviously cannot ask your dog questions like “how many glasses of water have you had today?” or “do you want more water?” Dogs do not speak our language, but you can know if your dog is drinking enough water through the following ways:

Keep an eye on the water level

You can simply observe how many times your dog visits the water bowl, but this is stressful if you’ve got other things to do. So a good way to know if they are drinking enough is to mark the bowl’s water level at the start of the day.

Check out how much they pee

The more your pup drinks water, the more they pee. It’s a simple sign. So if your dog pees regularly throughout the day, it’s a sign that they’re well hydrated. Invariably, a dehydrated dog will not be motivated to go potty, and will often show signs of fatigue or lethargy.

Conclusion

You need to keep the above-listed tips in mind to keep your dog hydrated always. This helps them stay happier and healthier, especially during summer time.

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