5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Hydrated This Summer

  • 30/07/2017
drinking-water.jpgDuring this summer season, you will need to be extra careful with how you manage your little furry buddy. Dogs also feel the hot weather, and it may be not only uncomfortable but also dangerous to the health of the dog. Now, what should you do to ensure that your dog is healthy and also enjoys the hot summer season? Keep him well-hydrated.

So How Do You Keep Your Dog Hydrated?

If you are planning to go out and enjoy the hot weather outside, here are some tips to help you keep your dog hydrated.

1. Replace the regular treats with frozen items

Rather than give your dog the favourite biscuit treats, you can opt for frozen items instead. You can give the dog chilled cucumber, ice cream, or freeze a healthy smoothie for him. Here, the dog will enjoy the treat while staying hydrated.

2. Give the dog the required amount of water

This is supposedly the most obvious way to keep your dog hydrated this summer. Dogs need plenty of water at all times, just like human beings. So during summer, they consume even more water than the normal days. However, not every dog should drink an equal amount of water. You should give your dog water according to the amount of calorie he consumes in a day. Also, the amount of water the dog drinks is determined by their overall body weight.

Concerning the daily calorie intake, the dog should drink relatively the same amount of water for each calorie they consume {this should be in milliliters}. Alternatively, give the dog about 0.5 to 1 ounce of water for each pound of body weight daily.

3. Fuel his activity with water

If you are enjoying your outdoor time with the dog, ensure that you’ll give him enough water after every 15 or 20 minutes. Don’t wait until you get to the house to give your dog water. Rather, ensure that you give him plenty of water in between his vigorous activities.

4. Arrange a cool shade for the dog

If you will be staying outdoors for a long time, the best thing to do is to check that your dog has a cool place to rest and take a nap. After a long physical activity, the dog will be exhausted and leaving him in the sun can be worse. That is why you should ensure there is a cool shady place to prevent dehydration from the scorching sun.

5. Add ice blocks or water in his food

Even though you may have given your dog some water earlier on, you will need to add some cool liquid in his food. Ice blocks are the best option, but you can also add cold water. This will help to prevent dehydration and make the food extra moist.

When can puppies drink water?

If your dog just had some puppies during summer, you’ll need to be careful before when you start giving them water. Ideally, start giving the puppies water when they are around three to four weeks old. Remember to take it slow for the puppy to transition gradually from the mother’s milk.

All in all, ensure that you give the dog, and the puppies {if they are old enough}, plenty of water throughout the summer period. This way, the dog will be happy, which will also make you happy.

Author Bio:

June is the founder of TobysBone, where she shares her passion for writing and love for dogs. She wants to help you deal with your dog’s behavior issues, grooming and health needs, and proper training. Through her blog, you can find informative and reliable posts, tips and tricks, and a lot of interesting reads that will help you maintain a close bond with your furry companion.

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