Summer is here! Don’t let your fur baby get dehydrated!! Maintaining a constant fluid level is as important in dogs as it is in humans. As they rely on us, the onus is on you to ensure your babies are not only well fed but well “watered”.
When Bill called me last week and asked me to pick up some balloons, I knew exactly why. It was a steaming hot day, we are at the lake and Cashmere would far rather be outside than inside. Bill wanted to make frozen water balloons for Cashmere’s outdoor dish.
When I got home, I filled up several balloons with tap water and put them in the freezer. Nothing special about the balloons, the water or our freezer. As the balloons froze, they actually broke, which is perfect. It saves me from having to break them.
The next step is to partially fill your bowl with water, remove the balloon remnants and place the frozen ball into the water. You have now killed 2 birds with one stone. The water in the bowl will remain cold and the ice will continue to melt throughout the day ensuring there is always water for your pets.
Obviously, you will want to ensure you have a shaded area for your pet to hang out and a sturdy spot to put the new “ice bowl”. Cashmere absolutely loves this new treat. Not only is she drinking more but it is a sort of toy for her to play with on hot days.
I love my Dog. She is one of my best friends. I would never do anything to harm her!! So, I have researched this latest craze on “do not give your dog ice or ice cubes”. I have found that indeed this is a myth, giving your dog ice does not cause bloating, there are several issues that do cause bloating but ice is not one of them.
Most importantly, here are some tips to avoid dehydration in dogs:
1. Dogs lose a lot of water while panting. Leave two or three bowls filled with water around the
house, so that he gets enough to drink.
2. If he has not had a good drink for a long time, start re-hydration slowly … allowing your dog a
few sips every few minutes. Over drinking after a dry spell can quickly lead to vomiting and he
may end up losing more fluids than he had.
3. Don’t let your dog drink excessive amounts of water after a strenuous exercise session.
4. Wait a few minutes after your dog has exerted in very heavy exercise and then allow frequent
but small amounts every few minutes.
5. If your dog is showing some signs of dehydration, give him electrolytes(Gatorade/Powerade) mixed in water. While water helps in replenishing a lot of nutrients, electrolytes can do the job more quickly. (We do this as a preventative measure also. Cashmere loves this and the colour in the water tricks her into thinking she is getting something extra special.)
6. Dogs who have gone a long time without water have a problem holding it down. So let him
lick ice, he hydrates himself with licking the ice.
7. If your dog refuses to drink for any extended period of time, consult your veterinarian