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Got Water? Tips to Prevent Pet Dehydration

Dehydrated dogDehydration can be very serious. Here are some simple tips to keep your pets hydrated during the heat of the summer

  • Provide clean water at all times
  • Change your pets water frequently to ensure freshness
  • Wash your pet’s water bowl daily to prevent bacteria from forming, which can lead to other illness
  • Monitor your dog’s water intake. Generally, a dog needs at least one ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day. If your dog is not drinking an adequate amount of water, seek veterinary advice.
  • Purchase a water bowl with a weighted bottom to prevent your dog from knocking it over.
  • Bring extra water when you’re traveling or exercising with your dog.
  • If you notice your pet is drinking less than usual, check his mouth for sores or other foreign objects, such as burrs or sticks.
  • Avoid chaining a dog outside, since he may get tangled up, preventing him from accessing his water bowl.
  • Avoid keeping your dog in hot places, like your garage or backyard.
  • Keep your toilet lid closed to interrupt your dog’s attempts at drinking from the toilet. This can be a source of bacteria which can cause other illness.

Learn about the symptoms of dehydration and how to treat it.