Is Your Pet Staying Properly Hydrated During the Summer?

09 Jul 2018 | Written by Freshpet Freshpet
With the high daily temperatures during these hot summer months, it’s essential that your pet stays adequately hydrated. If they tend to be a little difficult when it comes to lapping up water, we’ve come up with five ways you can increase their liquid intake on the sly.

Always have fresh water available

You wouldn’t be interested in drinking water that’s been sitting out for days, so why would your pet? Your pet’s water should be changed at least once a day – more when the temperatures are rising – to ensure they always have access to fresh water. If it’s particularly hot, you can try adding ice cubes or ice blocks directly to the water bowl so that it stays cooler for longer, making it more appealing.   An easy way to make sure your pet always has fresh water is with a Primo Water Dispenser + Pet Station. With just a push of a button, you can refill your pet’s dish directly from your everyday water dispenser. And their built-in bowl means you never have to worry about sloshing water as you walk between your sink and the bowl’s regular spot.    

Ice treats

Offering your pet a selection of icy treats is another fun way to ensure they’re getting enough water during the hot summer days. There are countless recipes online for treats made with flavored water, yogurt, fruits, and veggies – all you need is a large ice cube tray or container. If your pet is known for inhaling treats in a single bite, you can also incorporate some of these treats into their existing toys. One great option is to fill a Kong toy with different icy treats so they slowly consume water while still being entertained.

Add flavor to their water

If your pet doesn’t seem to show much interest in plain water, adding a splash of flavor to it may pique their interest. Healthy liquids like carrot juice or chicken broth or pieces of their favorite fruits are easy ways to get even the pickiest pet to increase the amount they drink.

Invest in a water fountain

When it comes to water bowls, cats can be notoriously fussy. Many will forgo still water, choosing only to drink it from a device that allows the water to flow freely – this is where water fountains come in. Water fountains offer a continuous flow of water without the waste that comes with letting your pet drink from the tap. They come in a range of designs, so it’s easy to find one that suits the needs of your pet and their environment. Cats aren’t the only ones who enjoy fresh flowing water on demand. Many pups are also picky drinkers and there are a variety of larger fountains explicitly designed for dogs’ shape, size, and needs.

Don’t leave the house without water

If you’re going to be out and about with your pet, make sure you have a good supply of water with you. A collapsible water bowl and a full water bottle are a must, so your pet will have access to fresh water no matter where your adventures take you. Carry along water is especially important if you’re going to be doing any type of physical activity, such as hiking.     By following these five tricks and tips, your pet should stay happy and hydrated throughout the summer months. If you’re still worried about the amount of water your pet is drinking, it is advisable to talk to is your veterinarian.

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