All animals depend on water to have a proper function of all their organs and be essentially happy. Hence knowing how to hydrate your dog is a key requirement and your responsibility as a dog owner to provide enough and on-time hydration to your puppy.
5 Signs for Dehydration in Dogs
You need to understand that severe dehydration in dogs can lead to kidney and other organ failure which can cause death.
But there are warning signs that can signal to you, a dog’s owner, that your puppy needs a better hydration. By being aware of these warning signals, you can prevent the worst that can happen to your pet.
– Dry nose
– Dry sticky gums
– Thick saliva
– Dry-looking eyes
– Loss of appetite
– Vomiting with or without diarrhea
– Loss in skin’s elasticity (it becomes more obvious if dehydration has been a persistent event)
The cool thing is that dogs usually know when to drink. They just need to be exposed to the drinking bowls and fountains in their home. And you need to be responsible to provide enough water for your pup at home and when you go outside for play or during your travels.
A quick call to your vet can resolve a lot of your anxiety. Just ask how much water your dog needs on average every day based on her age and weight. Your vet will supply you with even more pointers to watch for in your puppy, as the vet knows your dog and her physical condition.
Creative Ways to Hydrate Your Dog
Here are a few practical ways to hydrate your dog any time of the year.
Place more than one water bowls in your home.
Though animals are aware of their food and water bowls location, it would be great to have an extra bowl with water elsewhere in your house. My dogs like to drink out of the toilet bowl, hence we keep all of them closed! That is why I place an extra water bowl in the bathroom, as I know they will stop by to check out if the toilet seat was accidently left open.
Invest into a doggy drinking fountain.
It adds diversity and curiosity to the dog’s drinking routine. In addition, a drinking fountain has a filter to keep foreign particles away from your pet’s water supply. Scroll down to see some of the best indoor pet fountains for your dog or cat.
Add water to your dog’s food.
When you see the signs of your puppy’s dehydration, it may help to add some water into her food. With each each feeding, in the morning and at night, add half a cup of water for a medium-size dog to a cup of water for a bigger breed. But again, all depends on how serious the dehydration situation is with your furry friend.
Offer water from the scooped hands.
In a situation when a puppy definitely needs more water, she can really have a better experience when you offer a scoop of water from your hands to her. The trust between the pup and you is the key. Many dogs really go after this trick.
Freeze water in a stainless steel bowl
One of our readers, Pauline M., does this trick for her puppy. She freezes stainless bowls half full of water. Then, she fills it with a bit of water to give to her furry friend.
Prepare doggy ice pops.
If you have never used ice-cream or popsicles for your pets, you may be up for a surprise here. Many dogs simply adore cold ice pops, and with that they could get more hydration and cool their system.
You don’t need to look for elaborate recipes for pupsicles! Rather, you can freeze your pet’s favorite treat in ice cubes and give them during the day. Some pets go zonkers by playing and hydrating with simple ice cubes.
Easy Dog Popsicles Recipes
Here’s a 3-ingredient recipe for Dog Popsicles.
– Use 2 ripe bananas
– 2 Tbsp peanut butter
– 2 Tbsp water
Place all ingredients into a bowl and mesh them well. Divide the mixture among the cavities in the ice-cube tray or a silicone mold. Freeze for 4-5 hours.
One more recipe that uses berries and yogurt. Check with your vet if it is OK for your puppy to have a yogurt treat. Some dogs may not tolerate it well.
– 1/2 cup of one of these berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries
– 2 x 5-ounce containers plain unsweetened yogurt. BEWARE: do not use yogurt with Xylitol, as it is toxic to dogs!
Combine all ingredients well and divide among the mold cavities. Freeze for 4-5 hours before giving to your pet.
Self-Cleaning Water Fountain for Pets by DOG CARE
The latest addition to our indoor fountain for dogs is this Self-cleaning water bowl. Yet one more way to remind my dogs to drink water.
This pet fountain has a few features I really appreciate. Here’s a quick glance why we already celebrate it with our pets.
Triple Filtration System acts as a barrier to harmful particles to get into a pet’s food/water system. The triple filter system allows sufficient time for so called “ionic displacement,” i.e., elimination of harmful ions from the water supply. This system reduces my pet’s rick of developing an illness.
Automatic Self-Cleaning Design is my most favorite feature! I do not have to rinse this bowl every single day. All the furs and tiny particles are flushed away from the outer bowl. Once a week, I disassemble the fountain bowl and rinse it with fresh water. It takes a couple of minutes to do it all.
Calming Soft Nature Sound of a waterfall is an amazingly pleasing sound to have in my home. This pet drinking bowl has been a cool addition to our living space. It has its purpose of hydrating our pets, on the one hand. But on the other hand, it contributes to a zen moment within a living space.
This pet product has a fluid, pet-friendly design. My dogs really like drinking from the bowl and from the fountain alike.
Besides, one of our newly-adopted puppies, a Siberian Husky, was neutered and had to wear a protective cone over his head. This fountain has been a perfect height for him to drink more water.
Best Indoor and Outdoor Pet Fountains
For my pets, I like using several ways and water sources throughout my home inside and outside. I’ve tested out many water bowls for both dogs and cats. Here’s my list of the bests indoor pet fountains, as well as some of the best outdoor ones.
Naturally, this list is biased as it was I and my pets who have voted for them. The ways we raise our pets and care for them may be different. But one thing about all of these water systems is that they made with quality and last for a long time.
I also noted some highlights for each of these best indoor and outdoor pet fountains. Check them out.
Dog Care Pet Fountain Giveaway
August 4-18, 2020
Open to USA
To celebrate a healthy life of pets, I would like to give away one self-cleaning water fountain for dogs or cats in your home. Enter to win a DOG CARE water fountain to enjoy all the benefits it can provide for your precious furry friends.
In comments below, share your ways about how to hydrate your dog or cat during different seasons. There’s always something to learn for all of us.
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