The Whole Bowl

4 Quick Tips to Help Keep Your Pets Hydrated This Summer

With summer in full swing, it’s important to be proactive about your pets’ water intake. Cats and dogs need a constant supply of fresh water in order to maintain essential body functions. We’re sharing tips and tricks to help encourage your pets to drink more water and stay hydrated all summer long.

  • Do you fill up the water bowl one day and wait for it to become completely empty before refilling? Remember to regularly replenish the bowl and provide fresh water for your pets.
  • Moving water is irresistible to many pets, especially cats. Try leaving a dripping faucet on or purchase a water fountain. Running water fountains are excellent at keeping the water fresh and encourage your cat to drink water.
  • Hitting the road for vacation and taking your pet in the car? Always take water with you on long car rides and let your dog out for bathroom breaks whenever necessary.
  • Whether it’s a walk around the block, a jog through the neighborhood or playing at the dog park, your dog can become thirsty more quickly when the temperature is warmer. Make sure to bring a portable water bowl with you and allow for breaks.

Remember, if you’re thirsty when outdoors with your pet, he or she may be thirsty, too. Learn more about the nutritional value of water and take steps to protect your pets during the dog days of summer.