Hydration Month at Bark Control!

Author: Neil Smith  

The weather is certainly warming up and it looks like we could be in for a long hot summer! With Australia reaching temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celcius, we need to be prepared! While many of us are dreading the thought of the warmer weather, it's not just us that will feel it. 

The most important thing is to ensure that we keep our pets hydrated all year long.

 

How much water does my dog need?

As a general rule of thumb, your dog needs 70mL of water per 1kg of their body weight. Of course, your dog's daily water intake may increase or decreased depending on the weather conditions and the amount of exercise your dog gets.

Daily Water Intake Guide

Dog Size Dog Weight Recommended Daily Intake Size Similar To
Tiny 2kg - 5kg 140mL - 350mL Coke Can
Small 5kg - 12kg 350mL - 840mL Pump Water Bottle
Medium 12kg - 25kg 840mL - 1.75L 1L Milk Bottle
Large 25kg - 35kg 1.75L - 2.45L 2L Milk Bottle
Extra Large 35kg + 2.45L + 3L Milk Bottle

 

Why is water so important?

Just like humans, water is vital for their health and well-being. Water helps with food digestion, carrying nutrients around your dog's body, regulating their body temperature, flushing waste and lubricating the bone joints. Most importantly it keeps them hydrated. Dehydration is extremely common during summer and it's important to know what to look out for.

 

What are the signs of dehydration?

Dehydrated dogs may be fidgety or conduct unusual behaviour like pacing as if they are looking for water. Other signs include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Reduced energy levels/lethargic
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity
    • You can test this by pinching your dog's skin in between their shoulder blades and seeing how long it takes for their skin to go back to normal. A hydrated dog's skin will spring back to normal.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sunken, dry-looking/bloodshot eyes
  • Dark urine
  • Wobbly on their feet
  • Vomiting

It is important to look out for signs of dehydration early on as it can occur easily and just like people, dehydration can become dangerous very quickly. If your dog is dehydrated, seek Veterinarian help immediately. They may need to supply your dog with fluids that contain electrolytes to make up for what has been lost. 

 

What are the best ways to keep my dog hydrated?

The easiest way to prevent dehydration is to make sure your dog's water bowl is full of clean water! Seems pretty obvious but really, there's no way your dog can drink without a source of water! In the hot weather, ensure your dog's water bowl is in shade and easily accessible. Place ice cubes in the water to keep it even cooler.

Ensure the water bowl is the right size for your dog. If you're spending a lot of time away from home or you have a big dog, you may want to consider a larger water bowl. Check the water bowl regularly and make sure your dog is actually drinking. If they aren't, there may be something wrong and you should take them to see a vet just in case there's an underlying medical issue developing. If you or your dogs don't like water bowls, you can always check out our range of drinking fountains. They are perfect for keeping a supply of cool, fresh water available for your inside dogs.

5 Tips for Summer!

1. Keep your dog cool - Get creative!

Keeping your dog cool is important and EASY. Don't have air con or a pool? Improvise! Grab a kiddie pool, fill it with water and place it in the shade! You can drench a towel or two in cold water and lay it on the cement for your dog to rest on, or simply hose down your dog!

2. Start from the bottom

Dogs can't sweat from their body. Instead, they pant heavily and sweat through their paws. Hose your dog's paws and stomach to effectively cool them down - this will do more than spraying their back alone.

3.  Test the cement

If you can't hold your hand on cement for longer than 2 seconds, neither can your dog. Dog paw burns are far too common in summer. When possible, avoid walking your dog on cement and instead, walk on the grass. If your backyard is mostly cement/pavement, hose it down regularly to keep it cool.

4. Exercise early in the morning or late in the arvo

This is a no-brainer, plus it's more pleasant for you! Take advantage of the long summer days!

5. Invest in a water fountain

Did you know that animals instinctively drink from running water rather than still water in the fear that it may be contaminated? Water fountains continuously regulate and filter fresh water 24/7. If your dog is particularly fussy, we highly recommend using a water fountain to entice them to drink more. Here at bark control, we have a wide range of fountains suitable for small dogs to large dogs, click here to see all of our fountains! Remember, you can place ice cubes in the water to keep it even cooler!

What hydration products do you recommend?

Pet Water Fountains - 24/7 supply of fresh, filtered water! 20% off until 31st December 2017, 11:59pm!

Torus Bowls - Smart, non-spill pet water bowl great for travelling

K9 Cruiser Bowls - Basic non-spill water bowl ideal for travelling!

 

 

 


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