Summer is great with its long days, warm weather and lots of activities — many of which are now pet-friendly by design. Yup, it’s all great until you’re in the pet emergency room. “Dehydration”, the vet says. Dehydration? Who knew?
Keeping your Buddies Hydrated
Just like humans, the dangers of dehydration are real, they can appear quickly and can be fatal. Fortunately, keeping your pet hydrated is as easy as knowing the dangers and avoiding them:
- Weather is unpredictable — if the weather report says it will hit 90°, it might get over 100° in your neighborhood, so take your pet out in the cool of the morning or evening; avoid high-energy activities during the afternoon.
- If you need to be out, find a comfortable, shady spot to rest regularly.
- At home, keep the water bowl full — not milk or cream for cats, they love a bit as a treat, but they need water.
- Put a fan near their bed or favorite hangout and provide extra other shade, if needed.
- Take your friends for a swim. A small kiddie pool is great for the dogs and other pets. Though most cats consider themselves too cool for the pool, some will take to it if you start them early.
Special Notes When Traveling
- Use a travel water bowl — you have many options, from collapsible fabric bowls to pet water bottles.
- Wet their food — does your pet like dry kibbles? Switch to wet food while on the road or sprinkle water to your pet’s favorite dry food. (Don’t do this just for travel days, start early to give your pet’s stomach a chance to adjust.)
- Stop often; take regular breaks so your cat or dog can exercise, relieve themselves and take some water.
Dehydration Warning Signs
Diarrhea; elevated heart rate; excessive drooling; excessive urination; lack of appetite; lethargy; loose or wrinkled skin; panting; rapid weight loss; sunken eyes; vomiting; weak pulse. Any of these may indicate dehydration or some other situation that your veterinarian may want to know about.
The Future of Veterinary Medicine is in Daly City
The San Francisco Bay area’s pets are our prime concern. At Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, we provide the most advanced veterinary care available — the same technological and medical advances available to people. We offer 24/7 emergency services and specialty services by appointment. We’re right off 280 freeway, within easy reach of the entire northern SF Peninsula. Come by and see what we can do for your furry friends!