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Pet Hydration Awareness Month
July 1, 2023

We’re headed into the hottest part of the year. As temperatures rise, you’ll need to take some extra precautions to help your furry best friend beat the heat. The most important thing you can do is keep your pet properly hydrated. An Oradell, NJ vet offers some advice on that below.

Water Stations

First and foremost, make sure that your four-legged friend always has fresh, clean water. You may need to set out a few extra water bowls, particularly if you have more than one pet, multiple floors, and/or a fenced yard. Consider getting a pet fountain or a smart waterer.

Cold Treats

Consider hydration when choosing your fuzzy buddy’s treats. A bowl of sodium-free broth is a great snack. You can also freeze the broth into cubes and offer that. Kitties may enjoy frozen or chilled squeezable treats, while Fido may want to nibble on some doggy ice cream. You can also make an ice lick or slushies by freezing things like cooked, plain meat; kibble; or small snacks in water or broth, using ice cubes or a freezer mold. Just stick with safe ingredients. Ask your vet for more information.

Portable Water

Many of our canine pals love this time of year. Fido gets to run and play outdoors, and can sniff all sorts of plants and trees. Taking your pup to a pretty park or trail can be a great way to relax and unwind on a pretty summer day. Always bring water along when you leave your home. You may want to keep a small cooler in your car with a gallon or two of water in it at all times. (This is also just good to have on hand for your own safety.) As for Fluffy, keep her indoors.

Warning Signs

On hot days, watch for signs that your pet may be getting dehydrated. Drooling and panting are definite red flags. Other things to watch for include restlessness, disorientation, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, a warm back, dark or reduced urine, and/or unusual vocalizations or behavior. If you notice any of these things, immediately give your furry buddy water, get them to a cool area, and contact your vet or the nearest emergency clinic.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Oradell, NJ pet hospital, we’re here to help!