National Pet Hydration Awareness Month was created to help raise awareness about the importance of pet hydration. While humans have resorted to hourly reminders to keep up with their hydration needs throughout the day, our pets rely on us to keep a full bowl and a hydrated body. The blazing sun of July requires us to amp up the hydration of ourselves, and our pets. Pet dehydration can quickly take a turn for the worse.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD A DOG DRINK IN A DAY?
Ideally, a dog needs an ounce of water for every pound it weighs. For example: a 16 lb dog would require 16 oz of water a day.
IS COLD WATER BAD FOR DOGS?
Drinking icy cold water every once in a while is considered to be okay, but consistent servings are bad for dogs, as it can lead to hypothermic shock.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PET HYDRATION AWARENESS MONTH
FILL THE BOWL EVERYDAY
We understand that being a pet parent can be a ton of responsibility. And with the everyday juggle, essential things such as pet hydration are bound to slip out of your list of priorities. This July, make it a habit to refill your dog's water bowl every day, regardless of the residue. Additionally, schedule regular cleaning and maintenance of the dish so that it's hygienic and safe.
SET AN ALARM
If consistent alarms have helped you in being consistent with daily water intake in the last couple of months, we'd suggest you try the same with your pups. Keep daily tabs on your pet's water intake and set reminders to replenish their supply at regular intervals of the day.
CHECK THE GUMS
There are a lot of symptoms of dehydration, but the most apparent one manifests in the mouth. Dry and sticky gums are the most noticeable symptoms of dehydration. Canines and almost all other pets are constantly salivating, and only stop when they physically can't. Dry and unpaired gummies are a sign of dehydration.
5 SYMPTOMS OF DEHYDRATED PETS
Loss of skin elasticity
Dry nose and gums
WHY NATIONAL PET HYDRATION AWARENESS MONTH IS IMPORTANT
Summer is here! July is chosen as National Pet Hydration Awareness Month so that we can be extra cautious of the blazing temperatures and plan our schedules accordingly. The month educates all pet parents about the early symptoms and severe consequences of dehydration and over hydration.
The symptoms aren't always apparent. Sometimes it's hard to detect conclusive symptoms of dehydration, as they align with that of many other summer diseases. Hence, the best option for all guardians is to stay updated with their pet's water intake. National Pet Hydration Awareness Month also educates us about how we can encourage the water intake of our pets.
It creates awareness. A sudden change in drinking habits can indicate other changes in an animal's body. For example, dogs with leptospirosis, pancreatitis, and parvovirus tend to avoid water. Whereas bladder infections and diabetes can lead to uncontrollable thirst. Closely monitoring the water drinking patterns can keep their health in check.