Keeping Your Furry Friends Hydrated: July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

As a professional pet sitting service, we understand the importance of keeping our furry friends healthy and happy. With National Pet Hydration Awareness Month upon us, it’s the perfect time to shed light on the crucial topic of pet hydration. Just like humans, pets need ample water to maintain their health and well-being, but many pet owners may not realize the signs of dehydration or know how to encourage their pets to drink more water, especially if they are reluctant to do so.

Dehydration in pets can lead to severe health issues, including kidney problems, urinary tract infections, and even heatstroke. It’s essential to ensure that your pets have access to clean, fresh water at all times. However, some pets are notorious for not drinking enough water. This can be particularly challenging during the hot summer months when the risk of dehydration is higher. Here are some effective tips to help hydrate pets who don’t like to drink:

1. Flavor the Water: Adding a splash of low-sodium chicken or beef broth to your pet’s water can make it more appealing. The enticing aroma and taste can encourage even the pickiest pets to take a sip. Make sure to avoid broths with onions or garlic, as these can be harmful to pets.

2. Use a Pet Fountain: Many pets are drawn to running water. Investing in a pet fountain can stimulate their interest and encourage them to drink more. The continuous flow of water is not only attractive but also keeps the water fresh and oxygenated.

3. Hydrate with Wet Food: Incorporating wet food into your pet’s diet is an excellent way to increase their water intake. Wet food has a higher moisture content compared to dry kibble, which can significantly contribute to your pet’s hydration needs.

4. Offer Ice Cubes as Treats: Some pets enjoy the novelty of licking or chewing on ice cubes. You can even freeze small amounts of broth or water with pet-safe fruits and vegetables to create tasty, hydrating treats.

5. Frequent Water Breaks: If you’re spending time outdoors with your pet, take frequent water breaks. Bring a portable water bowl and offer water regularly, especially during walks or playtime in the heat.

6. Run faucet water: If you have a cat who likes to jump up to the kitchen or bathroom faucet, it usually means they’re looking for some running water to drink or play in. Some cats like to dabble in the puddle to clean themselves. While pet sitting, I often have clients’ cats who are drawn to running water, so our staff is instructed to turn the cold water on low while the cat is interested. Once he or she is done drinking/playing with the water, we shut off the faucet. Sometimes cats are so interested, they’ll come back for another drink, so we repeat the process as needed until the kitty loses interest or the end of our visit. Some dogs love water from the hose, so they are also accommodated during our visits!

 

Making sure Your Pets Stay Hydrated July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

 

At Claws and Paws Pet Sitting Service, we prioritize the health and safety of your pets. By implementing these simple yet effective strategies, you can ensure that your furry companions stay well-hydrated and healthy. Remember, hydration is key to your pet’s overall well-being, so let’s make National Pet Hydration Awareness Month a time to focus on this essential aspect of pet care. Happy hydrating!

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