Summer’s heat is upon us, and it can be especially brutal for our beloved pets. Most of our pets lack the ability to sweat, and they need fresh water available at all times. After all, they can’t tell us when they’re thirsty.
The PetSafe brand is hosting the fourth annual Pet Hydration Month this July. Part of this involves educating pet owners about the warning signs of pet dehydration.
“While many pet parents are active with their pets all year long, it’s common for dogs, and even cats, to spend extra time outdoors during the summer months when it’s extremely hot and dehydration is more common,” said Sarah Beene, category manager for PetSafe water and feed solutions. “It’s important that pet owners know what to do if their pet becomes dehydrated. But more importantly, they should be familiar with the steps needed to prevent it from happening.”
According to Allison Smith, veterinarian at Village Veterinarian Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, common symptoms of pet dehydration include:
· Vomiting and/or diarrhea
· Lack of energy
· Excessive and ongoing panting
· Loss of appetite
· Sunken, dry eyes
· Dry and sticky gums
· Loss of skin elasticity (when pulled or moved, the skin will not go back to its original place)
PetSafe brand has developed a video to help pet parents learn how to administer a test that will determine if a pet is dehydrated. If a pet parent suspects that their pet might be dehydrated, they should take him or her to a veterinarian immediately where they can monitor the pet closely and administer IV fluids.
During the summer when pets are spending more time outdoors in the sun, pet parents can ensure that their dogs and cats are receiving enough fresh, filtered water by using a convenient, indoor or outdoor pet fountains.
“Our pets’ bodies are made up of 80 percent water. They need 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day,” said Beene. “Providing filtered water entices them to drink more, which supports vital organ functions and is important digestion and waste removal.” For more information, please visit www.petsafe.com.