At Ollie, we are big believers in healthy hydration. We have taught you how to make sure your pup is getting enough water, and how to know if your pup is drinking too much water. Since temperatures are rising, we wanted to remind our pet parents to keep everyone in the family hydrated - especially your precious pups!
Always have fresh water available
This one should be a given, but we feel a reminder once in a while is in order. Remember to always give your pup access to fresh, clean water. Your pup should always have a clean and filled water dish at home. If you are traveling, make sure you have water for your pup, even if you are only going out for a few hours. When it is hot out, your dog will need to get plenty of water.
Plan to rest and get a drink in the shade
If you are going to enjoy the outdoors and heading out for a hike, fishing, or other activity you need to keep your pup hydrated and provide shade if possible. If you are hot, chances are your dog is hotter. Be careful on hot pavement as it can burn your dog’s paws. Use your hand or bare foot to test the temperature. If you can’t comfortably put your hand or foot there, it is too hot for your pup.
Offer foods with high water content
If your pup doesn’t drink enough water, there are plenty of foods that have high water content that can help. Watermelon, berries, and cucumbers all work well. You can also use some chilled or frozen bone broth to help rehydrate your pup.
Cool off with pupsicles
Summer is a great time to give your pup an icy treat. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite pupsicle recipes for you to try. Another fun bonding activity is to make up your own flavors and see what your pup likes most.
Ice cubes - a friend or foe?
You may have read that giving your pup ice cubes on a hot day can cause bloat. While this has been proven to be untrue, drinking too much cold water too fast is still a risk factor. If your pup enjoys crunching on an ice cube, it is perfectly fine to offer this cool treat as long as you do it safely. Make sure to give smaller pups smaller cubes. Cubes that are too large can damage your pup’s teeth. If your pup is overheated or showing any signs of heatstroke, do not offer ice cubes. Use tepid water to start cooling them, and call the vet right away!
What about a swimming pool? Should I offer my best friend some water that they can’t drink?
Yes, you can certainly fill a pet-safe swimming pool for your pup to splash in. Remember that not all dogs enjoy the water, so do not force your dog into the pool. An adult should always supervise dogs around water, even smaller pools. It doesn’t take long for a tragedy to occur, even with only a few inches of water.
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