Water is vital to maintaining your four-legged family member’s body and mind, but many dogs don’t get enough water. Staying hydrated allows your dog to regulate their body temperature, keep their energy levels up, and recover from physical activity quicker. It also promotes urinary tract health.

Here are some easy ways to keep them hydrated during the warm weather ahead.

Drinking Fountain

Both dogs and cats have an instinct to seek out running water, as, in nature, stagnant water may not be safe for consumption. Consider ordering a ceramic fountain to encourage your pet to drink more water. Most water fountains (like this one) will also filter water as they circulate!

Dog staying hydrated drinking from water fountain

Frozen Treats

Many dogs like licking or chomping away at ice cubes, so this is always an easy, quick way to keep them hydrated (and occupied for a few minutes). You can also use ice cube trays or silicone molds to create frozen treats. Mix or blend water with plain yogurt, blueberries, bananas, cranberries, or oranges, then freeze! In a few hours, you will have a delicious, nutritious treat ready to go for your pup. (Recipes to get you started!)

Dog staying hydrated with frozen treat

Take Water Wherever You Go

Whether you’re going for a long trip, hiking a mountain, or just running errands with your pup, make sure you have accessible water and a collapsible bowl. It’s best to provide water often during physical activities like running, swimming, or a play session at the dog park, and don’t forget to build in water breaks during road trips!

Dog traveling in car

More Bowls

One bowl may not cut it for your pup, especially if you have multiple pets in the home. You will want to provide several bowls of water throughout your home, including one on each floor. Also, make sure you’re cleaning bowls regularly, your dog will be more likely to drink out of a bowl that doesn’t have trace scents of bacteria.

Dog staying hydrated looking for water holding bowl

Add Water To Food

Whether your dog eats canned food, dry food, or raw food, adding water to their meals is always an option. You can even soak kibble in water if you keep it in your fridge.

Adding water to dog food to keep dog hydrated

Stay Vigilant

When keeping your dog hydrated, it’s also important to keep an eye out for signs of dehydration. These could include: vomiting, loss of appetite, dry gums, excessive or ongoing panting, lethargy, and diarrhea. If you believe your dog is suffering from dehydration, it’s best to seek the attention of your veterinary provider as soon as possible.

If your dog is going to spending a lot of time in your yard this summer make sure to keep their clean water bowl inside the boundaries your DogWatch® Hidden Fence!