Dog Days of Summer: Dog Hydration Tips
We wanted to highlight a couple of important facts about dog hydration since we are in the middle of "the dog days of Summer".
What does water do for dogs?
A dog's body is 70% water. This makes proper pet hydration vitally important. Among other things, water helps prevent infection and disease, increase energy levels, maintain stable body temperature and blood circulation, filter waste, process food and speed up recovery time from sickness, surgery or injuries.
How much water should your dog drink daily?
If you’re curious how much water to give your pet on any given day, the ASPCA recommends at least 1 oz of water for every pound of body weight. Depending on other factors like temperature and amount of exercise your pet performs, more water may be necessary. Especially in the summer days, it’s important to keep a close tab on your pet’s water intake.
What type of water is best for dogs?
These days, many people prefer to give their pet Waggin Water over tap water because of taste preferences and added benefits. Giving your pet filtered water is also an excellent option, as it eliminates any impurities and leaves a crisp taste.
How can you tell if your dog is dehydrated?
A survey by PetSafe® found that more than 70% of pet owners wouldn’t know how to tell if their pet was dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration in pets include:
- Sunken eyes
- Lack of energy and enthusiasm
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
If you think your dog is dehydrated, give them fresh, clean water and take them to the vet as soon as possible.