PetSafe is helping us keep our pets hydrated this summer with these 7 tips. And we also have a Drinkwell water fountain to give away…
How much water does your pet need? Do you know? And could you tell if your pet is dehydrated? You may be surprised to learn that almost 4 out of 10 pet owners are unaware of what the signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration. And 70% are unclear about how much water to give their pets to drink!
A recent survey conducted by pet product expert, PetSafe® Brand Australia found that Australian pet owners show a surprising lack of awareness when it comes to their pets hydration and are happy to let them drink puddle, river or gutter water or even from the backyard pool.
PetSafe® consulted with Veterinarian Dr. Claire Stevens, who states, ‘Dogs quickly become clinically dehydrated when insufficient water is provided and when this happens they require hospitalization which can be costly to the pet owner and stressful for the animal and everyone involved’.
‘With the succession of heatwaves every summer, Australian dogs face the real possibility of heat stress or heatstroke if they are left outside during hot days without sufficient water sources’, stresses Dr. Stevens, ‘keeping your dogs hydrated is essential in preventing heat stress / hyperthermia’.
Signs of dehydration
The PetSafe® Brand Pet Hydration Awareness Summer Campaign to help make more pet owners aware of the risks associated with ignoring or neglecting to adequately supply plenty of water for pets when left alone during the heat of summer.
Perhaps even more concerning was that almost 40% of respondents were unclear on how to tell if their dog was dehydrated. Many believe that panting is the first sign.
While panting may be a sign of thirst, this behaviour is actually a way for dogs to cool themselves down. Cat may lick their coats when feeling hot and the evaporation of saliva on their coat helps keep them cool. Cats too can pant when extremely hot.
True signs of dehydration include sunken eyes, tiredness, skin losing elasticity and a dry mouth.
Recommended water intake
The recommended daily water intake for pets is 70mls of water per kilogram of body weight. Pets need more water than humans do!
7 simple steps on how to keep your pet cool and hydrated this summer
1. MORE WATER MORE OFTEN
Animals need more water than we do, yet over 40% of us only leave one full bowl of water a day for their dog when they are out. Which in most cases is simply not enough. A general rule of thumb is a dog needs 70mls of water per kilogram of body weight, so a 4.5kg dog needs 2 bowls a day, and a 35kg dog needs 10.
Provide clean, fresh water every day. Several bowls are good, in case one gets knocked over.
“Also, don’t forget to wash your pet’s water bowl every day to prevent bacteria from forming” says Dr. Stevens.
The easiest way to encourage your pet to constantly rehydrate is with a pet drinking fountain. These provide fresh, filtered water to your pet and the multiple streams of free falling water entice your pet to drink more.
2. PROVIDE SHADE – ALL DAY
98% of Australians will leave their dog for a long period of time during the day (from 1-10 hours) with 49% of pet owners leaving their dogs in the backyard.
Providing your pet with adequate alternative shade is important. You can do this by investing in a new shade cloth, outdoor umbrella or canopy, but remember not all dog houses are ‘heat proof’ so make sure you give them an all-day shady option.
3. KEEP HAIR SHORT
Just like you would prepare your home for bush fire season; you need to prepare your pet for summer! The shorter the hair the cooler they will stay so if you have a dog with a long or shaggy coat give it a nice short shave. This will keep them cool.
4. EXERCISE AT DUSK OR DAWN
All pets need some exercise; however if you take them out for walks in the summer time change your routine to dawn or dusk walks.
This makes it cooler for you and your pet and is also less harsh on their paws. They can feel the heat of the sand or bitumen just like you!
5. LET THEM DIG
Believe it or not dogs don’t just dig from boredom. It can be to hide food, toys and to keep cool! Just remember a little bit of digging wont hurt.
6. FREEZE SOME DOGGIE ICY POLES
Dogs love a frozen treat in the summer and it cools them down. Pet icy poles are easy to make and can keep them busy. Just add their favorite treats to water and freeze! Easy!
7. GIVE THEM A BATH
Shallow pools are a great way for your pet to cool down! Buy a child’s sand pit and fill it with shallow water and watch them splash!
About PetSafe® Brand
PetSafe® Brand is a global pet product expert with its headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. Wide-ranging innovative products are available across the PetSafe® Brand product portfolio including training, containment, and lifestyle and wellbeing product solutions. Visit www.petsafe.com for further details or connect on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
About Dr. Claire Stevens
Dr. Claire Stevens BVSc. (Hons) Cert. VPH is a Veterinarian, Business Mentor & Communications Skills Trainer based in NSW. Dr. Stevens endeavours to shares her knowledge with both Pet Owners and Veterinarians. With a particular interest in people skills, Claire has developed a formula on the importance of identifying communication skills as a pillar in the success of any practice and has since developed an online course for Veterinarians, this course is recommended and endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association www.drclairestevens.com
Giveaway: Keep Your Pet Hydrated with Drinkwell
Pet Problms Solved is giving away one Drinkwell® 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain (RRP$134.99)
Just let us know in the comment below how your pet likes to drink their water or how you manage to keep your pet hydrated in hot weather.
Best answer or pet/owner most in need of a drinking fountain will win at 5pm on 4th Jan (AEST). Good luck
This competition is open to Australian pet owners only.
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