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Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

Every season has its own set of dangers for our furry pals, and summer is no different. Heat is probably the biggest safety hazard for pets at this time of year. One of the best things you can do to protect your four-legged friend from soaring temperatures is make sure they stay hydrated. A Green Bay, WI vet offers tips on how to do that below.

Water Stations

First things first: make sure that your pet always has plenty of clean water. Multiple water stations are a good idea, especially for people with large houses and/or multiple pets. If you have a yard, put water bowls outside as well. Be sure to clean the bowls daily!

Snacks

Opt for snacks that contain a lot of moisture. For Fido, doggy ice cream is a good bet. Your pooch can also have pupsicles. Put cooked, plain meat; dog biscuits; kibble; and/or safe fruits and veggie in ice cube trays or pet-safe molds. Then, pour water or sodium-free broth over them, and pop them into the freezer overnight. As for Fluffy, she can have some canned tuna in water, or perhaps some cat milk. A bowl of sodium-free broth is also fine, and is safe for both dogs and cats.

Ice

When it’s really hot out, drop an ice cube or two into your pet’s dish. Fido can also have a cube or two to chew on.

Pet Fountains

If you have a cat, consider getting Fluffy a kitty fountain. Many cats actually prefer to drink running water! Of course, many dogs also enjoy pet fountains. If you have a yard, you can even get Fido one that sprays water when he steps on it. (Bonus: this is adorable to watch.)

Out and About

Dogs love going places with their human pals. Always bring water along for Fido when you take him off your property. Consider getting collapsible doggy dishes, which are easy to carry.

Hot Weather Care

Pets can get dehydrated very quickly when they’re hot. If you have a dog, limit his outdoor time on sweltering days, especially around midday. Also, don’t encourage pets to run or play during the hottest part of the day. Save those walks and play sessions for later, when it’s cooler out.

Please call us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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