As we enter the summer month of July (and finally get some warm weather!) we must remember and bring our attention to National Pet Hydration awareness month. As animal lovers, we care for the wellbeing and health of our pets and hydration is extremely important for your pets.
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Water supports every function of the body and it is a vital nutrient for life. It aids in digestion and helps the body to absorb other nutrients in the stomach and intestine. Water also provides lubrication to the joints, spinal cord and muscles and helps to remove waste products via the kidney and colon. The colon will reabsorb water into the body if the dog is dehydrated but this in turn will cause faeces to become dry and the dog will likely be constipated.
Summertime can be tricky for dogs. They don’t sweat like humans do and therefore can be vulnerable to dehydration and overheating when the weather gets warmer. There are plenty of things dog owners and carers can do to alleviate this. Here are some cool (see what we did there?) ideas from We Love Pets HQ:
Most, if not all, dogs can’t resist the lure of water, especially on a hot day. However beware of letting them go into ponds or rivers where algae – a blue-green or green paint-like scum – is growing. Some types produce toxins that can be irritants, or even lethally poisonous. And do not forget that although most dogs like water, not all dogs are good swimmers! Dogs can and do drown in rivers and the sea. If your pet has a near drowning experience they should see a vet, as complications can develop following inhalation of water.
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This time of year we see a lot of 'busy bees’ buzzing around in midsummer. Bees and wasps are more active as the temperatures tend to be over 13 degrees Celsius in July and August.
Paddling pools are the perfect solution to cooling your dog down. Most paddling pools are inflatable, and combined with sharp claws, they are likely to burst. There are plenty of paddling pools that are more dog friendly and should last all summer and more.
During the hot summer months, your dog can get very hot very quickly and it can be a challenge to cool them down. Ice lollies are a great way to keep your dog occupied whilst cooling them down. They are so easy to make and you can change the recipe to cater to your pooch. Here are some sweet and savoury recipes to suit all taste buds.
Written by Dr Craig Waldron, Behaviour Vet
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