Summer is officially here! Hydration is a big concern for our furry patients at this time of year. Dogs and cats can’t cool themselves off by sweating, the way we can. Fido and Fluffy can get into a lot of trouble if they overheat! Making sure your pet stays hydrated is very important here. A local Goodyear, AZ vet offers some advice on that in this article.
Making sure your pet always has plenty of fresh water is crucial. Drop some ice cubes into the bowl on sweltering hot days. You may want to get an automated waterer, or perhaps even a pet fountain. If you have a yard, or let your cat go out, keep fresh water outdoors as well. (Tip: put the water bowls in plant urns to make them look nice.)
Sodium-free broth is a great treat for pets. It contains electrolytes, which will help protect them from dehydration. Set out a bowl for your furry buddy on hot days. You can also pour some into ice cube trays, and give it to them that way.
You may want to make some adjustments for Fido’s schedule at this time of year. Walk and play with your pet in the mornings and evenings. Also, take care not to overexert him on hot days. As for Fluffy, well, she’ll schedule her 32 daily naps, 7 meals, 8 meditations, and 3 play sessions on her own.
Doggy On The Go
This one mostly applies to Fido, as Fluffy is always better off staying safe and sound indoors. Whenever you take your pooch out and about with you, always bring water along for him. To make this easier, get a collapsible plastic dish, or a bowl with an attached dispenser for him.
When picking out treats, opt for things that have a high moisture content. You can get ice cream for Fido and Fluffy in many pet stores or grocery markets. You can also make your own, or experiment with other cold treats. Here’s an easy one: put kibble, treats, or shredded meat or chicken in ice cube trays. Pour water or sodium-free broth over it, and freeze. Just stick with ingredients that you know are safe. Ask your vet for more information.
Please contact us, your Goodyear, AZ vet clinic, for all your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!