Hydration is important for you and your pets. Even when it is cold or snowing outside, you need to drink water even if you're not thirsty or sweating.
A dog's body is 80 percent water so it is a crucial component to maintain cellular functions. A loss of only 10% of the total body fluids can cause heart and kidney damage and other serious illnesses.
Ways to keep your pets hydrated
Be aware of your pet's daily hydration needs. The amount of water a cat or dog needs depends on their size, weight, and physical activities. While giving your four-legged pal water seems an easy task, potential problems may still arise. Check out the following tips below:
- Water bowls need to be sanitized on a regular basis.
- Keep your dog's water bowl full especially on warm or hot days.
- Pick a water bowl ideal to your dog's size. Dogs drinking in large bowls have the tendency to get their ears soaked in the water.
- Keep your toilet's lid down. Bacteria and chemicals used for cleaning can wreak havoc on your dog's health.
- Feed them a moist diet.
- Minimize physical activities where your pets are exposed to heat or sun.