How to Keep Your Pet Hydrated
We know the importance of drinking enough water every day to keep our bodies functioning, and we strive to get those eight glasses of water. And when the weather warms up or we do physical activity, we may need even more water. What about our pets? Our fur-babies are mammals just like us, so it's vital that they stay hydrated. Do you know how much water your fur-baby needs? How about tricks to get them to drink water? Keep reading for this crucial info.
How Much Water Does Your Fur-Baby Need?
Water is necessary to help lubricate joints, improve cognitive function, aid digestion, and regulate body temperature. Their bodies NEED proper water levels to function. The general rule of thumb is that every day dogs need one ounce of water for every pound they weigh. For example, if your dog weighs 30 pounds then they need drink 30 ounces of water daily. Cats should drink 3.5-4.5 ounces of water for every 5 pounds they weigh.
If your pet doesn't drink enough water, this can lead to dehydration. Pets lose fluids through normal activities such as urinating, physical activity, warm weather, and not eating enough. They can also lose fluids through illnesses. Dehydration is more common in senior pets, baby pets, and short faced breeds. Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Sunken Eyes
- Dry Nose and Gums
- Lower Energy Levels
- Moving Slower than Normal
- Loss of Skin Elasticity
Serious cases of dehydration can lead to organ failure or death. If your pet is dehydrated, give them small sips of water (or licks of an ice cube) and take them to the vet immediately.
Tips to Keep Your Pet Hydrated
Now that you've learned how much water your pet needs daily, how can you ensure they're getting enough? Try out these tips and tricks.
- Give them a rotation of fresh water in a clean bowl.
- Add broth, milk, ice, or fruit/veggies to encourage drinking.
- Consider a pet fountain for those who like drinking from running water sources.
- Add canned/wet food to your pet's diet. These contain more water than dry kibble.
- Bring water on any outings you may go on.
- Feed them hydrating snacks like watermelon, cucumber, or strawberries.
What are some ways that you've learned to keep your pet hydrated? Share with us in the comments.