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Six Tips for Keeping Your Dog Hydrated in the Summer

by Community Manager on ‎04-16-2014 03:40 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 01:17 PM by Community Contributor

Here's how to keep your dog hydrated during the dog days of summer:

 

1. Have fresh, clean water available at all times.

Prevent having a dehydrated dog by keeping fresh water available at all times. You may not see your dogdrinking water very often, but that’s all the more reason why it should be readily available when they do decide it’s time to stop for a drink.

 

Moving water tends to feel colder, which is why dogs like drinking water that’s in motion (like from the faucet). An automatic water fountain is a great option for keeping your dog hydrated and many have built-in filters to help water stay cleaner than still, stagnant water.

 

Another way to encourage dog hydration is to have multiple, wide water dishes placed in the areas of your home where your dog hangs out.

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2. Add water to your dog's food

You can also add water to your dog’s food, or provide wet food that contains higher moisture levels.

 

3. Cool off with a comb-out

Keep your dog cool in warm weather by maintaining a good grooming routine. Brushing away old hair is like taking off your dog’s sweater. A clean, sleek pooch will feel refreshed on a summer day.

 

4. Adjust your walking schedule 

If the sidewalk is “hot enough to fry an egg,” it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Either adjust the times of day that you walk or walk your dog on cooler surfaces like grass or a dirt trail. On extremely hot days, it’s smart just to keep your best friend inside with the AC and a lot of fresh water.

 

5. Enjoy beach and pool time, in moderation

If you wore a fur coat to the beach, you’d likely want a break to cool down, too. Keep plenty of drinking water and your dog’s travel bowl on hand, and locate a nice shady spot where your pooch can get out of the sun. A beach umbrella works well, too.

 

Whenever your dog is spending time in the sun, apply pet-safe sunscreen to your dog’s ears, nose and anywhere else they have bare skin or thin fur.

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6. Crack out the kiddie pool

Running around the yard is more fun with the occasional doggie dip to cool down. A kiddie pool is a great, low-maintenance option, especially if your dog isn’t much of a swimmer.

 

Bonus: How to manage Fourth of July stress

Pet parents may love fireworks, but they can be a dog’s worst nightmare. More pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Some simple measures can keep your pooch at ease:

 

  • During the festivities, keep your dog indoors with the windows closed. Make sure your dog’s crate or “safe place” is easily accessible. Playing soft music can make your friend feel more comfortable.
  • Don’t scold your dog for anxious behavior and resist the urge to talk in a calming voice. This will only confirm that there’s something to be worried about. Just act normal, and talk in an upbeat voice. Encourage good behavior by rewarding with treats.
  • Consider the use of calming aids like the Thundershirt or homeopathic remedies designed to promote a sense of calm.
  • Be sure that the information on your dog’s ID tag is current. This will ensure the quick recovery of a runaway pooch. If you need a new tag, Petco carries a wide selection of personalized tags both online or in-store.

 

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