The biggest scare I ever had was when Luna became dehydrated and I had to take her to the vet. I was a new and inexperienced pet parent and I had no idea what was happening. I just knew something wasn’t right with her. I assumed that dogs would just naturally drink enough water if I provided it, but quickly learned that isn’t always the case.

After our emergency vet visit, I adjusted our lives a bit to ensure that Luna would stay hydrated and healthy. I definitely didn’t want her to have emergency fluids administered ever again. July is Pet Hydration Month, so we’re collaborating with PetSafe® Brand to share tips on keeping yougiveawr pet hydrated.

5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Hydrated - Pet Hydration Month

About Pet Hydration and Dehydration

Did you know 80% of your pet’s body is made out of water? Humans are only about 60% water.

A general rule of thumb is that your pet needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. So if your dog weighs 20 lbs, they needs 20 oz of water! Bigger dog? Then they need more water!

Water needs will also change based on your dog’s activity level and health conditions. Dehydration happens when a pet’s fluid levels drop below normal by reduced intake or increased fluid loss. If your dog is more active, they may need more water!

Signs of Pet Dehydration

If you think your dog or cat is dehydrated, you should contact your vet immediately! They will be able to administer fluids and better evaluate the symptoms your pet may be experiencing.

Signs of dehydration include:

  • Sunken Eyes
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sticky Gums
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive Panting
  • Loss of Skin Elasticity

Learn more about how to check your pet’s hydration status in this video from PetSafe Brand.

5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Hydrated

Always have clean, fresh water available.

Remember to change your dog’s water out and wash their bowls regularly to avoid bacteria from forming. It can lead to health problems and also discourage your dog from drinking water if it isn’t clean and fresh!

PetSafe® Brand’s Drinkwell® Fountains are great ways to help keep your dog’s water enticing. In each fountain, the water is circulated through a filtration system to keep it fresh and clean longer. It’s a great option for pet parents who don’t (or can’t remember) to change the water every day.

We’re currently trying out the PetSafe® Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain.

5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Hydrated - Pet Hydration Month

Bring water for your pet when traveling or spending time outside.

Anytime go on a pet friendly road trip or plan to spend more than a few minutes outside, we bring along water for everyone. We have a dedicated dog water bottle, pop up travel bowls, and our favorite Yummy Travel Bowl. Having water with you is the first step! It’s a lot easier to become dehydrated if you don’t have water available to drink.

Add water to your dog’s meals.

This was one of the most successful changes we made. When on a kibble diet, we add a bit of water or bone broth to increase Luna’s water intake. We also more frequently use a dehydrated diet, which is rehydrated with water, or include wet food. Both of these options add more moisture and help encourage good hydration.

Entice them with a frozen treat.

It could be as simple as ice cubes or you could whip up a tasty pupsicle recipe. Try these Strawberry Banana Pupsicles or Honey Blueberry Pupsicle recipes.

Limit outdoor activity during extreme heat.

Try to utilize the coolest parts of the day for play and exercise. Generally avoid outdoor activities from Noon to 3 PM on super hot summer days and increase water intake and availability.

For more ideas on how to beat the summer heat, check here.

One final thing…

DO NOT chain your dog outside on a hot day (or really ever) with just a water bowl. They are likely to knock it over and then be without water all day!

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How do you keep your pets hydrated?

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Disclaimer: I received a free PetSafe® Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain for review. I received no other compensation or additional benefits for mentioning the brands or products in this post. The opinions and ideas in this post are my own and are uninfluenced by any other person or business.

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Donna L.

    I keep my cat hydrated by feeding only wet food.

  • Amanda Yantos

    In Arizona hydration is a huge concern for pets and humans. It’s easy to become dehydrated. Great idea to add water to meals!

  • Wen Budro

    That was an excellent post with great useful information. I didn’t know that a dog’s body is 80% water. This dog fountain sounds like a wonderful product and I like the style. I always keep fresh water for my dog and never ever keep her chained outside in the heat.

    • beaglesbargains

      Awesome! Sounds like you are on the right track!

  • Daniela Tapia

    AWW.. i did not know a dog’s body was made up of 80% water and humans 60%. Defintily goind to keep this in mind to keep my dos hydrated and look out for the signs of dehydration. I always tend to put ice on my dog’s water twice or three times a day since its pretty hot here in florida. Thanks for the tips!

    • beaglesbargains

      Yeah it’s pretty crazy! But that also means it’s super important to stay hydrated.

  • Courtney Stock

    I keep my pets hydrated by providing multiple water dishes and giving them ice cubes

  • sandy weinstein

    i have 2 bowls that i fill several times a day. i also will put flavored ice cubes in it. sometimes i will add no salted plain chicken broth. i also will add chicken broth or probiotic goat’s milk to their food.

    • beaglesbargains

      Those are both great ways to add a bit of extra fluid!

  • Linda Szymoniak

    Keeping water bowls filled at our house is a full-time job (and I’m the main one who does it). With three Treeing Walker Coonhounds and three cats (all rescues), even four bowls in the house and two on the back deck (each of those hold 2 liters) aren’t always enough. For one thing, the dogs slobber and their backwash really mucks up the water and I hate making the cats drink that. I’d love a water fountain that filters the water for my furbabies.

    • beaglesbargains

      That does sound like quite the chore! Glad you stay on top of it!

  • Carolyn

    I feed dehydrated food so my dog gets lots of water with meals. And I will make it extra soupy in the warmer months.

    • beaglesbargains

      We do too!

  • Rochelle Epstein

    I carry water with me everywhere for Layla, she wears a cooling vest if we are out all day, plus I have water every where for her in the house

    • beaglesbargains

      Awesome! Well prepared!

  • Shea

    I add some water to my dogs’ meals and I change their water out a couple of times a day.

    • beaglesbargains

      Great! We do that too!

  • Helga

    I bring a bottle of water for my doxie if we walk on really hot days.

    • beaglesbargains

      Awesome! That’s a great way to ensure your pup has enough water.

  • Lisa F.

    As a fun thing to do in the summer, you can freeze treats in a water bowl. Fun for the dogs!

  • sandy weinstein

    if my girls are drinking enough, i put some chicken broth in the water. it makes them drink more. i use non salted chicken broth. i used to have 2 water bowls but now with 2 dogs, i only have one. funny if the water is not clean the girls wont drink it. it gets dirty fast b/c of their beards.