NorCal Vet thanks you for thinking of your pet’s hydration, and we know your pet will, too. Just like us, our pets need water to facilitate bodily functions, flush toxins from vital organs, regulate temperature, and unlike us, to keep that sensitive nose wet. Summer is a good time to be reminded of what you can practice year round to keep your cat or dog hydrated, happy, and healthy. Consulting your pet’s veterinarian is always encouraged, and starting here will give you a head start with this hydration health information.
If you know your pet’s weight, you can easily find a rule of thumb for you pet’s average amount of water needed in a day. A smaller dog, for example, may need 10 ounces of fluids a day, and a bigger one may need 85 ounces a day. Roughly, for every 10 pounds your dog weighs, they need 10 ounces of water. Level of activity, diet, and other factors of health can affect the ratio of water to weight for your pet.
Often, there can be a problem leading a cat to water, so to speak. Consider a bowl with a moving water feature to encourage a picky pet to actively hydrate. Ice cube treats make a fun way to keep a pet hydrating on the go. Chicken or beef broth can be added to water in small amounts to get your pet excited about drinking water.
Making the switch to wet food could be the increase in moisture intake your pet needs. This can be a short term plan for hydration on a long road trip, or something you work in on occasion over the long term. Ultimately, your dog’s hydration routine is up to you. Your pet might even enjoy their dry food more if it has a few splashes of water on it, and they can fill more of their water needs.
Two sources of water may be needed for your pet’s area, in case one gets knocked over. A weighted or fixed bowl can also help them from losing water. Wash your pet’s dishes regularly to avoid illnesses caused by bacteria, and make drinking more desireable.
When taking your pet on the road, bring along water for them. For walks longer than 10 minutes, it is a good idea to have water for them with you. If your pet becomes unwell on a walk or becomes seriously dehydrated anytime, they may need IV fluids and to be taken to their veterinarian. NorCal Vets are always grateful to see your pets, and happy to know they are their healthiest.