July Is Pet Hydration Awareness Month

PET HYDRATION AWARENESS MONTH – JULY 2022

 

It’s National Pet Hydration Awareness Month! With the warmer weather and more chances of water activities, it’s important to know how to keep your pet hydrated as well as preventing dehydration and water intoxication.

 

Here’s what you should know!

 

Did you know 80% of your pet’s body is WATER! Humans are made up of only 55-60% WATER!

 

 

Tips on Preventing Dehydration & Illness on Warmer Days

 

  • Circulate Cool Air – Use fans, or cooling units to keep the air cooler during the warmer months

 

  • Keep Water Fresh, Cool & Refilled – Use broth or ice cubes in the water dish to entice more drinking. Or add water to their food to increase daily water intake.

 

  • Keep Pets out of Conservatories & Greenhouses

 

  • Prevent Sunburn – Apply sunscreen to any areas where your pet’s fur is thin i.e. nose, ear tips and tummy. Also breeds that are hairless or hairy hairless should wear sunscreen if they’re out in the sun. Make sure you use sunscreen that is pet/child safe, SPF30 or higher and waterproof.

 

  • Never Leave Pets in Parked Cars – You’re legally responsible for your pet’s health and welfare, so avoid leaving your pets in hot cars as left alone, they can quickly become dehydrated and develop heatstroke or even die.

 

  • Give Your Pets Cool Snacks – The internet showcases a range of ideas for making your own cool, healthy treats for pets to eat in Summer. Have a look and take your pick

 

  • Be Mindful When Playing or Exercising in the Sun

 

  • Check the Temperature of the Pavement Before Any Walks – It’s suggested that you touch the pavement with the back of your hand for seven seconds and if you can’t hold out for the full seven seconds because the surface is too hot, then it’s also too hot for your pet’s paws.

 

  • Ensure There Are Shady Spots – Try and create shady spots outside, so that your pet can enjoy the outdoors without getting too hot in the sun.

 

  • Spray with Hose or Put Out A Paddling Pool – Some pets love a splash about so why not fill up a paddling pool or hose sprinkler for them to enjoy whilst keeping cool.

 

  • Avoid Long Car Journeys – If possible, avoid driving your pets on long car journeys unless you intend on keeping the car cool and are able to stop for a pet break and drink.

 

Signs of Dehydration in Dogs

 

  • Loss of skin elasticity/skin tenting
  • Reduced energy levels and lethargy
  • Excessive panting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry, sticky gums
  • Thick saliva
  • Loss of appetite/refusing to eat
  • Vomiting with or without diarrhoea

 

Signs of Dehydration in Cats – Dehydration in cats is dangerous and requires treatment as it can be a symptom of underlying health problems.

Here are the signs you need to watch for that can indicate your cat is dehydrated:

 

  • Listlessness/lethargy
  • Dry, sticky gums
  • Refusing to eat
  • Loss of skin elasticity/skin tenting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Thick saliva

 

 

If you think your pet is dehydrated, then call your vets immediately for profession, medical advice.

 

 

What is Water Intoxication

 

Water Intoxication is very serious and requires more awareness online and amongst dog owners.

 

Water intoxication is when your dog consumes too much water either by mouth or absorbed through the skin, that it affects the sodium concentration in their blood.

 

The risks of Water Intoxication

 

Hyponatremia

(a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in the blood is too low)

  • Your dog consumes too much water in general
  • Electrolyte balance in the dog’s body is disrupted
  • Sodium levels are dangerously low

 

Hypernatremia

(a high concentration of sodium in the blood)

  • Your dog consumes too much salty water
  • Levels of sodium in the dog are dangerously high
  • A lethal dose of salt for the dog is 0.07oz/Ib

 

Consequences of Water Intoxication

 

  • Dangerously diluted blood in the dog’s body
  • Loss of sodium and chloride in body
  • Swelling of the dog’s liver and brain tissue
  • Dog’s gastrointestinal tract becomes flooded
  • Certain vital minerals will be lost through urine

 

Symptoms of Water Intoxication

 

Mild

Loss of co-ordination

Lethargy

Nausea

Bloating

Vomiting

Dilated Pupils

Glazed Eyes

Pale Gums

Excessive salivation

 

Severe

Breathing difficulties

Collapses

Loss of consciousness

Seizures

Coma

Death

 

 

How To Prevent Water Intoxication:

 

  • Continuous supervision of dog’s activities involving water
  • Establish a limited timeframe for playing with and around water
  • Keep the dog well hydrated to reduce their desire to drink unsupervised
  • Check your dog’s kidneys at least once a year to make sure the body is processing fluids well
  • Don’t leave your dog alone in a place with unlimited access to a large water source

 

Other Water Related Dangers for Dogs!

 

  • Algae Poisoning – algae can cause a nasty rash on your pet’s skin and should be thoroughly washed off. If they drink algae water by mistake, it could make them get an upset stomach, and it can affect the dog’s liver, intestines, kidney’s and central nervous system.

 

  • Parasites – In any stagnant water, it’s likely there’s a bacterium build up. Older dogs, dogs with a history of medical issues and puppies are more likely to have severe reaction to drinking this water. Make sure you keep an eye on them when on walks, or flush out your water features if they’re not flowing in your gardens.

 

  • Jellyfish – A jellyfish sting for dogs is more than just painful, it can be deadly! It’s likely that a dog will be stung on the nose, face, or tongue which will result in swelling and difficulty breathing, so please be careful if they’re swimming or playing in the sea.

 

  • Drowning – Swimming is risky for exhausted dogs, and near steep inclines. Whether it’s a swimming pool or an open body of water, an exhausted dog can struggle to get out of the water. Make sure you keep an eye on your dog at all times during times of swimming.

 

 

 

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