Summer is in full swing and 40 degree days are not uncommon. Feeling parched has become the new norm and reaching for an ice-cold beverage has become a way of life. Staying hydrated in extreme temperatures is vital to your overall health and wellbeing – and just like us, dogs need water to stay healthy.
So while you gear up for another summer in the sun, here are a few ways to keep your pooch happy and hydrated through the harsh Aussie summer:
Access to a clean water bowl
Ensure your dog has easy access to a water bowl and keep refilling it multiple times throughout the day. It’s also important to keep the water bowl clean from any debris so that mould and bacteria do not grow and wreak havoc on your dog's digestive system.
Water to go
If you’re heading out into the great outdoors with your pooch in tow, always remember to bring water with you. Collapsible bowls are a great way to ensure your dog has easy access to water no matter where your adventure takes you. Be sure to offer water every 20 minutes to keep your dog cool and prevent your greyhound from overheating.
Add water to food
Adding water to dry kibble is a sneaky way to keep your dog hydrated. You can also throw in ice cube treats or frozen fruit to keep regular meals interesting.
Multiple water stations
If possible, give your dog access to water sources in various locations (both inside and outside of the home). This is particularly important if you live on a large property where your dog may explore greater distances.
If your dog is urinating several times a day, it is a good indication that they are receiving sufficient hydration throughout the day. If you notice your dog is not motivated to go out for a toilet stop or is showing signs of fatigue, they may not be getting enough water. Continue to monitor their water consumption (which can be easily achieved by placing a marker on the waterline of their bowl) and seek veterinary advice if your dog refuses to drink as this may be a sign of more serious issues.
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