Keeping Your Dog Hydrated in the Heat

Keeping Your Dog Hydrated in the Heat

Posted by Dogs That Hike on 30th August 2018

Summer is in full swing and with that comes
the heat. It’s always important for your pup to stay hydrated but summer heat
adds its own challenges. So what can you
do to make sure they stay hydrated?

Always
have clean water available

It seems like a bit of a no brainer, but
for most dogs having clean water available will be enough to meet their
hydration needs. Make sure there is a
fresh accessible bowl of water at home and you bring enough water on your
adventures! If you are going to be
relying on water you find on the trail it’s important to remember that not all
water sources you come across are good water sources. Bring a filter with you
so that your furry friend can enjoy some water.

Offer
an alternative liquid

Have a fussy pup who feels that water just
isn’t up to their standard? Try offering them an alternative dog friendly
liquid! Bone broth and goats milk will
not only help hydrate your pup but will provide them with some extra
goodness. Bone broth is an immune system
booster and it acts as a great natural joint supplement. Goats’ milk contains natural vitamins and
minerals that help support a dogs’ digestive system. Want to make it extra fun? Try freezing some
ahead of time with a surprise treat it in for your pup!

Share
some fruits or vegetables

Did you know that there are a ton of fruits
and vegetables that you can share with your pup? You probably know at least one
dog who has a love for carrots but blueberries, bananas, and apples (no seeds)
are all safe for dogs too. Cantaloupe, watermelon, pear, cucumber and zucchini
are all in season in the summer and have high water content. As with anything make sure you feed in
moderation, too much change from their regular diet may cause an upset tummy.

Top
up their meal with wet food

Adding some wet food to their regular meals
is a sneaky (and extra tasty) way to help your pup stay hydrated. Most stores
carry traditional canned food or you can make your own stew at home. Make sure that you’re appropriately reducing
their regular meal or you’ll quickly see them putting on some weight.

Recognize
the signs of dehydration

While we can take all the steps necessary
to help keep our pups hydrated, sometimes dehydration can be a sign of an
underlying health issue. Watch out for
loss of appetite, reduced energy levels/lethargy, excessive panting, sunken
looking eyes, dry nose, dry gums and loss of skin elasticity. If you’ve tried everything we’ve mentioned
above and your pup is showing signs of dehydration please contact your local
vet.


Dogs That Hike started in the Canadian Rockies as an Instagram account that aimed to show the world the amazing adventures of our four legged friends. During their growth they loved seeing all of the places that their community of outdoor enthusiasts went and the gear that they used. It inspired them to create their site as a resource to those who are looking to get outdoors with their dogs and are seeking information to help them on their journey. Visit them at www.dogsthathike.com or check them out on Instagram and Facebook @dogsthathike.

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