Dehydration in the summer is something that we all should concentrate on. I know in the summer I make sure to drink a ton more water, but I just can’t think about myself. Being a pet owner (two beautiful dogs), I understand that it is also my responsibility to make sure that they are getting the proper amount of water as well. Today I would like to show you a great option from PetSafe to help keep your pet hydrated during the summer months as well as share some symptoms that may accompany dehydration.
First, let me start off by saying that PetSafe is a brand that I have used far before ever doing a posting for them. In fact, they are my go to company when I am looking for new products for my dogs. Recently, I had the chance to check out two of their products but today let’s concentrate on the Drinkwell® Everflow Indoor/Outdoor Fountain.
This is by far my favorite fountain for dogs that I have ever used and there have been many trust me. The one reason that I enjoy this particular fountain over other is the fact that it can be used indoors. So in the winter months, you can simply use it as a water dish inside. This makes it super functional and being able to use it year round is a huge bonus.
I linked a video above, and I do hope that you watched it because it really goes into detail about the setup, but personally, the Everflow Fountain could not be simpler. Everything you need to get your new fountain going is included in the box including your connectors and even a filter. I love that PetSafe includes a filter to provide your pet fresh, clean water throughout the day.
This fountain holds 1.5 gallons of water at a time. That may seem like a lot, but if you have a large dog that loves to play in the heat, they need the proper amount of water. Your pet needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. This amount may increase based on the activity level of your pet or existing health conditions.
Picky Drinkers PetSafe Everflow Can Help
My older dog Ricky is not as active as he used to be but since we got our puppy Ike, he has found a whole new love for playing and running. This means that I need to pay particularly close attention to his drinking. Ricky just does not drink enough water, ever. I have noticed a HUGE difference in his drinking habits now that I have started to use the Everflow. He looks like he really enjoys it and loves to drink the water falling from the tap. Not only is Ricky totally enjoying the fountain but Ike the pup is just loving experiencing something new, and even he is drinking more.
Let’s Talk Dehydration!??!!
Dehydration is a very scary thing, but we can’t forget about those that can’t tell us they are thirsty, our pets. Dogs and cats alike are made up of 80% water versus our 60%. Crazy right? Here is a little infographic so you can get a better picture.
That is some crazy facts right there and just image now if your dog is outside all day long. How much water will they need? How many times do you need to fill that bowl? It is our responsibility to make sure that our pets are safe and being safe means being hydrated. So now that you know how much water your dog should be drinking I wanted to share with you a couple of signs that you can look for when your pet is dehydrated.
Signs Of Dehydration In Pets
PetSafe was kind enough to send me over those amazing infographics above as well as a couple of signs to look for when it comes to your babies. I feel that this is something every pet owner should know and alway look for during the hot summer months (or all year long). Knowing your pet’s body and what it needs can make for a healthy long life.
Common symptoms include:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Lack of energy
- Excessive and ongoing panting
- Loss of appetite
- Sunken, dry eyes
- Dry and sticky gums
- Loss of skin elasticity (when pulled or moved, the skin will not go back to its original place)
Proper hydration can help with things like:
- Preventing urinary tract infections and urinary disease. Unlike the food humans eat, dry dog and cat foods have very low moisture levels. If a pet doesn’t drink a lot of water from its bowl, consider adding water to their dry food or incorporating wet food into their diet. Cats with low water intake may experience urinary tract infections or even urinary stones and crystals that can cause urethral obstruction.
- Aiding with energy levels and temperature regulation. Water helps pets convert fat to energy. If a pet drinks enough water throughout the day, they will have the energy to play outside or go on a walk. Water intake also cools the body and helps them maintain a consistent and normal body temperature.
- Speeding recovery time from sickness or surgery. Drinking water can help promote healthy kidney function and flush toxins from their bodies. This is important after a bout of sickness or during the recovery process after a major surgery.
When to see a veterinarian:
- If a pet parent suspects that their pet might be dehydrated, they should take him or her to a veterinarian immediately where they can monitor the pet closely and administer IV fluids. To help pet parents learn more about how to administer a test to see if a pet is dehydrated, PetSafe brand has developed a how-to video.
This video can help you when determining if your pet is dehydrated but if you have any concerns that your pet might need a vets attention when it comes to hydration don’t wait, head to the vet. If they are ok, it is better to know.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard horror stories online when pet parents just don’t pay attention to their pets during the hot summer months. I do hope that you found this posting full of great information to help you better take care of your pet when it comes to hydration. Make sure to connect with PetSafe via social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They are always sharing amazing information. Also be sure to check out my favorite pet fountain, the Everflow Indoor/Outdoor. This is just the perfect watering system.
As a side note, this product will also be featured in the upcoming dog oasis posting soon. I am going to teach you how to build a simple retreat in your very own yard for your pets. I will have a little video showing you everything in the oasis so you will get a better image of how the fountian works. I am so excited!!!! Cheers till then.
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