July is National Pet Hydration month to raise awareness about the importance of pet hydration. It’s July, the hottest month of the year and the temperatures are rising. Hot days mean your dog needs to have lots of H2O to stay healthy. A human is made up of 50-60% water. 80% of your dog’s body is water. Dogs lack sweat glands and rely on panting to stay cool. Dog is Good has dog moms and dog dads covered on how to keep your dog cool.
Dehydration can have serious and immediate effects on your dog. Please be aware and watch for these signs, especially during National Hydration Month:
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Excessive Panting
- Decreased skin elasticity
- Sunken eyes
Fill ‘Er Up
How much does your dog need for daily water consumption? Typically, 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. Most pets don’t get enough water, especially during extreme temperatures. Good reminder as you live life with dog, that each time you grab your own water bottle, make sure your dog has fresh, clean water in a bowl. A few ice cubes wouldn’t hurt either! You can also add water to their food to increase their daily water intake.
Never Drink Alone
During national pet hydration month, we still encourage you to get outside with your dog. You can pack our stainless-steel dog water bottle to go along your walk, too! The bottle has two openings: the small one up top has a ball-bearing to control water flow when you hold the bottle upside-down for Dog to drink (think hamster water bottle and you’re on the right track). The second opening is larger to allow for filling and cleaning. You can also un-screw the whole top of the bottle, flip it over – and it’s a cup! Get yours HERE!