Keep Your Pet Hydrated this Summer

As the summer season arrives, Bluebonnet Animal Hospital wants to emphasize the importance of ensuring your furry companions stay hydrated. With the warmer months posing serious risks of heat exhaustion and dehydration, taking simple steps to keep your pets’ water levels up can make all the difference, allowing you both to have a joyful and safe summer together.

Why Water Matters
Water is not only a source of hydration but also plays a crucial role in regulating body temperature and maintaining organ health in pets. Dehydration can lead to various symptoms, such as lethargy, dry gums, sunken eyes, and excessive panting.

Preventing Dehydration
Monitoring your pet’s water intake and providing access to fresh water indoors and outdoors can easily prevent dehydration. As pets tend to be more active in the summer, they may lose fluids through panting and sweating, making it essential to offer them additional water.

Addressing Picky Drinking Habits
Some pets can be quite picky about the water they drink. To ensure your pet stays well-hydrated, Bluebonnet Animal Hospital recommends offering clean and fresh water with added fruit slices, ice cubes, or broth to make it more appealing. If your pet prefers running water, consider investing in a pet water fountain, which can be an attractive option for them.

Recognizing Dehydration and Seeking Help
If you notice that your pet is not drinking enough water or showing signs of dehydration, don’t hesitate to reach out to Bluebonnet Animal Hospital immediately. Our experienced veterinarians can provide the essential care needed to handle severe dehydration cases. This may involve conducting a hydration test and administering subcutaneous or IV fluids to help your pet recover swiftly and safely.

Let’s ensure a happy and hydrated summer for your beloved pets! At Bluebonnet Animal Hospital, we are here to support you and your furry friends every step of the way.