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Summer Time Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Updated: May 2, 2023

Summer is almost here! And you know what that means – it’s time to enjoy the sun, the beach, and the great outdoors with your furry companion. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the summer heat can be quite dangerous for dogs, especially if they’re not properly hydrated. But that doesn't mean that they should stay inside, because just like we do, dogs need exercise! In this blog post, we’ll be sharing some tips and tricks on how to keep your dog hydrated in the summer, so that they can enjoy the season just as much as you do.

Always bring water with you

Whether you’re going for a walk, a hike, or a trip to the beach, always make sure to bring water with you for your dog. You can use a water bottle with a built-in bowl, a collapsible bowl, or simply a water bottle and pour it into your dog’s mouth. Your dog should have access to water at all times, especially when it’s hot outside.

Provide shade and cool spots

If you’re going to spend a lot of time outside with your dog, make sure to provide them with shade and cool spots to rest. This will help them regulate their body temperature and prevent heat stroke. You can bring a canopy or an umbrella for shade, or find a spot that’s naturally shaded. Additionally, you can bring a cooling pad or a wet towel for your dog to lie on.

Offer low-sugar treats

Dogs love treats, but some treats can actually dehydrate them. Stick to low-sugar treats, such as fruits and vegetables, to keep your dog hydrated. Watermelon, cucumbers, and apples are great options. You can also freeze some of these treats for a refreshing snack.

Keep them in the shade during peak hours

The sun is strongest during peak hours, which are usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time, it’s best to play and walk with your dog a shaded area. When taking your dog out during this time make sure to provide them with plenty of water and shade.

Know the signs of dehydration and heat stroke

Lastly, it’s important to know the signs of dehydration and heat stroke in dogs. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth, sunken eyes, lethargy, and decreased skin elasticity. Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and collapse. If you notice any of these signs, take your dog to a cool, shaded area and give them water. If the symptoms persist, seek veterinary attention immediately.

Summer can be a great time for you and your dog to bond and have fun, as long as you keep them hydrated and protected from the heat. Always bring water with you, provide shade and cool spots, offer low-sugar treats, keep them out of the sun during peak hours, and know the signs of dehydration and heat stroke. With these tips and tricks, you and your furry companion can enjoy the summer season to the fullest.

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