How to keep your dog happy and hydrated
As the scorching summer heat settles in, it's essential to pay extra attention to the hydration needs of our furry friends. July is National Pet Hydration Month, a timely reminder to prioritise our beloved dogs' hydration levels.
Water is essential for dogs, just as it is for humans, and proper hydration plays a crucial role in their overall health and well-being - ensuring they stay cool, energetic, and hydrated throughout the hot months.
Ensuring your dog gets enough water regulates body temperature, aids digestion and carries nutrients throughout their system. Dehydration can lead to numerous health issues, including urinary tract problems, kidney damage, and heatstroke.
It's crucial to be able to recognise the signs of dehydration in dogs, which can include:
- Dry or tacky gums
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Lethargy or weakness
- Decreased appetite
- Dark or concentrated urine
If you suspect your dog is dehydrated, contact your vet immediately.
Tips for Keeping Your Dog Hydrated
- Fresh water: Always provide fresh, clean water for your dog. Ensure the water bowl is refilled regularly and easily accessible throughout the day. Consider using a larger bowl or multiple water stations if you have multiple dogs or a large living space.
- Hydrating treats and ice cubes: Provide your dog with hydrating treats, such as frozen watermelon or cucumber slices, which are refreshing and rich in water content. You can also freeze low-sodium broth or make ice cubes with diluted broth to add a flavorful twist to their hydration routine.
- Monitoring exercise and heat exposure: During hot weather, adjust your dog's exercise routine accordingly, opting for cooler times of the day. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and provide shaded areas when spending time outdoors. Always bring water and a portable bowl for hydration on walks.
The benefits of wet dog food
Incorporating wet dog food into your pet's diet is an effective way to increase their hydration levels. At Barking Heads we offer a wide range of wet dog food options that are both nutritious and hydrating. Our Beef Waggington wet food is made with 85% freshly prepared beef, is grain free and is packed with moisture to help keep your dog hydrated. It contains a perfect balance of high-quality ingredients, including vegetables and herbs, to provide optimal nutrition and delicious taste.
For those pups that prefer a fish-based diet, our Pooched Salmon wet dog food contains 85% Scottish salmon and sardines, providing a protein-rich and hydrating meal for your pup. It is grain-free and includes essential vitamins, minerals, and natural oils to support their overall health.
This National Pet Hydration Month, remember to provide fresh water, incorporate wet dog food into your dog's diet and offer hydrating treats.