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Keep Your Pet Hydrated This Summer

Dog in the water along the coast of Lake Michigan

July Is National Pet Hydration Month 

July marks the national awareness month for pet hydration. Especially during the summer months, when the weather is hotter and drier, it’s important to keep your pet hydrated. After all, you wouldn’t neglect to give yourself the water you need every day – so don’t forget to give your pet clean, fresh water too! 

Did You Know Your Pets’ Percentage Of Body Water Could Be Higher Than Yours? 

The human body is 60% water. Depending on the age of your pet, they could have an even higher percentage of body water. Young dogs and cats can have as much as 70% to 80% total body water. This makes it even more important to keep these pets hydrated! 

Common Signs Of Dehydration In Your Pets 

Pet owners should keep an eye out for the common signs of dehydration in their pets. Common signs of dehydration include the following: 

  • Loss of appetite 

  • Reduced energy levels 

  • Lethargy 

  • Panting 

  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes 

  • Dry nose and gums 

  • Loss of skin elasticity 

If you want to know how to check for these signs more thoroughly, ask your vet on your next visit about the signs of pet dehydration.  

Have Fun And Be Safe This Summer 

As you go into the rest of summer with your pet, remembering to help them stay hydrated is the perfect way to make sure that the summer is safe and fun for you both! Provide fresh water frequently, clean their water bowl to prevent the growth of bacteria, and remember to keep yourself hydrated as well. Of course, be sure to schedule regular veterinarian appointments for your pets! 

Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.