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Keeping Your Dog Hydrated

Summer can be a great time of year for our canine pals. Fido gets to run and play outside, and maybe even swim or splash around in a kiddie pool. This time of year can be dangerous for dogs, however. Our furry buddies can overheat quite easily on hot days! Therefore, it’s very important to make sure your pet is getting plenty of water. As your Marion, IA veterinarian, I offer tips on keeping your dog hydrated in this article.

Water Stations

First and foremost, make sure that Fido always has fresh water. If you often find your dog’s bowl dry, you may need a bigger bowl and/or multiple water stations. A pet fountain may also be a good buy. If your four-legged pal has a yard to run and play in, make sure he has water outside as well. Wash your furry friend’s bowls daily to prevent dirt and bacteria from building up.

Ice Cube

Many dogs love to chew on ice cubes. Go ahead and give your pet one or two on really hot days. You can also make your pup some yummy frozen snacks. Try putting kibble, shredded meat, canned chicken or tuna, bacon bits, and/or cheese in an ice cube tray. Pour water or sodium free broth over it, and freeze overnight.

Wet Food

One benefit of wet food over dry food is that it does have higher moisture content. If you do want to give your four-legged buddy some kibble, ask your vet for advice on adding water to it.

Water On The Go

Whenever you take Fido to a park or on a hike, or even just drive around with him, always bring plenty of water for him. To make this easier, you can get a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. Collapsible doggy dishes are also very convenient. Consider keeping a gallon of water in your car at all times.

Broth

Sodium-free broth is a great snack for Fido. Offer your canine companion a bowl of chilled chicken, beef, or fish broth on sweltering days.

Ice Cream

You can find ice cream for Fido in many pet stores and supermarkets. You can also make your own. Look online for recipes that use dog-safe ingredients.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, your Marion, IA veterinarian, if ever I can be of assistance. I am always happy to help!

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