Is Your Pet Staying Properly Hydrated During the Summer?

09 Jul 2018 | Written by 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.

Responses to this Post

Daniel Clinton
16 Jul, 2018 at 11:10 am
Dogs are susceptible to heatstrokes especially during summer so it is your responsibility as a homeowner to keep them cool. Kudos to you for posting this.
23 Jul, 2018 at 03:21 pm
Love this article! There are some great tips that I think will help keep my dog Max hydrated during the hot summer months. Lots of water and his Freshpet Vital food makes Max a happy pup!
Freshpet Freshpet
23 Jul, 2018 at 03:22 pm
Thanks for the love, Marsha! We're so happy to hear that your pup loves our Vital recipes.
Kelley A.
13 Aug, 2018 at 06:45 am
I am glad that I found this blog. Caring for our pet's hygiene and health is really essential. Pet owners should know that owning a pet is a big responsibility. Financial, emotional, physical, and health support comes when deciding to own a pet. Thank you for sharing this helpful information.
Freshpet Freshpet
13 Aug, 2018 at 07:24 pm
We couldn't agree more! Thank you for your support. We're so happy that you found our blog to be so helpful. We wish you all the best!
17 Aug, 2018 at 06:37 pm
Hi I am so glad you brought this up and to everyone's attention. It is critical to keep our babies hydrated and air conditioned! People do not want to clean up if their dog has to make a mistake at home while they are at work. Well, my doggie is never with out water-I have a special dispenser AND he is never without air conditioning or heat. I am not saying I am great but trying to spread the word---- also the a/c!

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