We’re Celebrating National Pet Hydration Awareness Month in July!

By July 1, 2022No Comments

It is officially summertime in North Carolina! Time to enjoy the beach vacations, cookouts, and the beautiful sunshine – yay! However, we (and our pets) know just how HOT it can get during these next few months and now is the time to ensure our fur babies remain healthy, cool, and hydrated! The team at Seagrove Animal Hospital is taking the time this month to provide some general knowledge and helpful tips for all of those paw-rents out there!

So What Is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month All About?

This month was introduced by PetSafe, an electronic pet training product manufacturer, to help educate pet owners about the proper water intake of domesticated animals as they brave one of the hottest times of the year! This month emphasizes the importance of overall hydration and raises awareness about the early warning signs of dehydration. There is also a focus on the dangers of water intoxication, which occurs due to constant exposure to water bodies such as pools or garden hoses.

How Can I Ensure My Pet Stays Hydrated?

Pet dehydration is an often overlooked, yet critical area that can affect your pet’s general health and well-being. Proper hydration helps to keep your pet’s energy levels high by assisting in converting fat into energy so they have enough for vigorous exercise and play. It also helps to keep the urinary tract and kidneys healthy by consistently flushing toxins from the body. In an ideal world, a dog needs an ounce of water for every pound it weighs and a cat needs about 4 ounces of water per 5 pounds of body weight in a day. We have gathered a list of helpful and realistic tips to ensure our fur babies are drinking enough water.

  • Try to offer fresh water at ALL times! Try to have multiple bowls available in the areas where your pet hangs out the most. Furthermore, some pets prefer a fountain that keeps water running and fresh.
  • Put broth or ice cubes in the water dish to entice more drinking
  • Add water to their food at meals to increase daily water intake
  • Ensure you have a travel bowl and water bottle with you while you are traveling, out and about, or exercising/walking
  • Put a little bit of water on your hands and let your pet lick it off; this may encourage water drinking when they are resisting

HELP - I Think My Pet Is Dehydrated!

As responsible pet owners, we need to keep a close eye on our fur babies when they are exposed to excessive heat. Here are some general indicators that an animal may be experiencing dehydration:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive panting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Elevated body temp
  • Racing heart

You know your baby best – if they are not acting like themselves, it may be time to figure out what is going on! If you suspect your pet is experiencing a heat stroke or heat exhaustion, move them somewhere cool, expose them to cool water or towels, situate them in front of a mild fan, and call your trusted veterinarian.

Is Water Intoxication A Real Thing?

Time to learn a bit more about water intoxication! DYK: there is a thing as consumes TOO much water. Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia, is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love their water play time! Active games that involve retrieving items or diving into bodies of water can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses. Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium and the cells begin to fill with water and swell. Here are some overall common indicators that your pet may be experiencing intoxication:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Glazed eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Excessive salivation
  • Difficulty breathing

Unfortunately, water intoxication progresses quickly. If you suspect your pet has ingested too much water and is experiencing any of these symptoms, call your trusted veterinarian immediately and get ready to head on over!

We (and your fur baby) thank you for taking the time to read through our blog – you never know when this info may come in handy! Stay tuned for our next monthly blog, coming early August!

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