We come across many health-related articles on the internet every day. So much information can be overwhelming and confusing at first, but repeating important health facts helps the message stick in our minds. The information eventually sinks in and allows us to make better decisions that sustain our survival. However, when it comes to our pets, we tend to become a bit lazy.
Despite how much we learn about pet health, it does not always receive the same level of attention as human health. This is why we are here to spread the word.
The fact is both pets and people benefit a lot when a proper water intake is maintained. If not, both can suffer from dehydration, which can lead to serious and immediate health risks. While humans somehow can escape the danger of dehydration, it is quite difficult for pets.
Pets’ bodies contain a higher amount of water than humans. Hence, keeping them hydrated is one of the most important aspects we cannot risk overlooking. This might surprise you that for every pound of their body weight, they need at least 1 ounce of water. Unfortunately, the majority of them do not, especially in the hot water.
This is why, to put the best foot forward on this National Pet Hydration Awareness Month, BestVetCare wants you to understand important points related to pet hydration in detail:
Tips to Keeping Your Pet Hydrated
- Have fresh water at different places in the home. Provide several bowls in the places where your pet spends the most time. A fountain that keeps freshwater flowing is also preferred.
- To encourage more drinking, put broth or ice cubes in their water bowls.
- To maximize daily water consumption, add water to their meals.
Watch Out for These Dehydration Symptoms
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy and low energy levels
- Sunken, dry-looking eyes
- Dry nose
- Dry, sticky gums
- Thick saliva