Do you know that your pet’s body is made up of 80% water? And just like us humans, the pets need the proper supply of this essential body fluid. Fido needs this essential fluid to keep up with good health and to make sure that his metabolism is going well. It is important to keep your pet hydrated. Fluid balance in your pet’s body is a necessity for combating rising temperatures as well.
With summers reigning high, it is time to pay complete attention on pet hydration. Adequate water intake aids in various biological processes like digestion, excretion and fluid balance in the pet’s body. It is thus extremely important to keep an eye on water intake of your pet. Besides that, pet parents need to limit pet’s exposure to higher temperatures especially in this hot weather.
Lack of water supply and fluid food will result in dehydration. Your pet would get exhausted, weak and energy less if he suffers from dehydration. It will lead to loss of appetite, dry mouth, sunken eyes, dullness, exhaustions and depression in your pet. As he cannot convey you his need for water, you need to be vigilant and provide him fresh water supply throughout the day.
Pets that are prone to dehydration:
- Sick dogs with kidney or cardiac problems
- Pet suffering from diabetes
Pregnant female dogs
- Nursing dogs
- Aging dogs
In addition, pets that are highly active need extra water during the day. You must give them clean water after their exercise session, walks, swimming time and other physical activity sessions. Pet hydration thus varies with the type of pet, his nature, season as well as his activity levels. The thumb rule is to make sure that they are never deprived of water.
Measures to be taken to keep the pet hydrated:
- Keep providing clean water. Make sure your pet’s water bowls do not contain stagnant water. Keep changing the water after regular time intervals. Maintain freshness!
- Wash pet’s water bowls to prevent germination and growth of bacteria in the bowl. By cleaning these bowls, you ensure complete hygiene.
- Make sure the pet takes water as per his bodyweight. Normally one ounce of water per pound bodyweight is enough for canines.
- Offer extra water after any kind of physical activity session. Ask your vet if your pet drinks less water than required.
By taking all these measures, you can avoid dehydration in your pets. As a pet parent, you must be sure of the food and water intake of your pet. If he is not taking proper amount of food and water supply then you should take him to a vet to find the underlying problem. Remember, ample water supply keeps your pet hydrated and healthy.