Water is an essential component for many bodily functions in your pets. It helps to lubricate their joints, cushion their internal organs, aid digestion and regulate their body temperature. Our pets depend on us to provide for them; as responsible pet owners, we should always ensure that our pets have access to water so that they do not become dehydrated.
Causes of Dehydration
For our four-legged friends, about 60-80% of their body weight is made up of water – that’s 20% more than us! This makes them more susceptible to dehydration and its effects. Especially in Singapore where the weather is hot and humid all year round, our pets are more prone to suffering from dehydration if they’re not drinking enough water to beat the heat.
Some other causes of dehydration can include:
- Acute attacks of vomiting and diarrhoea
- Excessive panting
- Playing outside in the sun and not drinking enough water
- Diseases ie. Urinary tract infections, gastritis, diabetes, kidney failure etc.
Signs of Dehydration
Since our pets won’t be able to tell us when they’re thirsty or if they’re getting uncomfortably dehydrated, it is up to us to notice the signs of dehydration before it exacerbates into something serious. Keep a lookout for these symptoms in your furkid:
- Loss of appetite
- Sunken eyes
- Poor skin elasticity
- Uncharacteristically lethargic
- Dry nose and gums
How to Boost Hydration in Your Pets
Last week we wrote about some things you can do to encourage your pet to drink more water such as changing out your pet’s water bowl and adding water to its food. But here are some other things to help your pet stay hydrated!
Incorporate Wet Foods into Your Pet’s Diet
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Switch out your pet’s regular dry food for dehydrated, freeze-dried or even wet canned food! A way to make dehydrated pet food even more appetizing for your pup or kitty is to add some kind of broth to the mixture. Absolute Holistic Chicken & Hoki Air-Dried Dog Food and Bone Broth Dr. Frozen Kangaroo Bone Broth makes for a delectable combo that your dog won’t be able to resist for sure. This kangaroo bone broth by Bone Broth Dr. has been slow cooked for 24 hours and is highly-concentrated. What’s more, this supplement is packed full of all the good stuff – collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid – and can be added to any dog or cat food for a hydration boost.
Bone Broth Dr.’s Frozen Kangaroo Bone Broth can even be used to rehydrate Smallbatch Chicken Freeze-Dried Topper for Dogs & Cats for yet another delicious treat for your feline or canine. The great thing about freeze-dried or dehydrated pet foods is that you could adjust the texture of the food to your pet’s liking!
For canned dog food, we highly recommend K9 Natural’s Lamb Tripe Canned Dog Food. Lamb Tripe is known to be high in protein and is fantastic for improving your dog’s digestive health and enhancing its immunity to urinary tract infections.
If you’re the proud cat parent of a young kitten or a senior cat, the SANYO Gourmet Tuna with Salmon Canned Cat Food, with its watery consistency, would be purrfect for your cat. It also contains DHA (which is great for maintaining your cat’s skin and coat) and GABA (which has calming properties) to boot!
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Our pet’s paws can sometimes become dry or cracked from walking on a hot sidewalk or by accidentally walking through harsh cleaning chemicals at home. Cracked paws can become quite uncomfortable or painful for your furkid when left untreated! This is when you’ll notice your cat or dog licking its paws incessantly. To prevent their paws from getting any drier, slather on some paw moisturiser! We recommend the Kin+Kind Nose & Paw Moisturiser which is guaranteed to provide maximum hydration for your pet’s paws. This particular paw moisturiser is a coconut-based formula that is so gentle and soothing that when applied to your pet’s paws, it will not block its sweat glands. Plus, it absorbs so quickly that there wouldn’t be any stains when your furkid roams about your home.
Some pets naturally have dry and sensitive skin and simply using shampoo might strip the natural oils from their skin which aggravates the skin further. We suggest using a leave-in conditioner that replaces the oils and nourishes your pet’s skin. SOOS Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner is by far one of the most versatile pet conditioners on the market. Apart from being used as a leave-in conditioner, it can also be used as a styling cream, dirt repellant, deodorizer and more!
If recently you’ve been noticing your pup scratching or gnawing at its skin excessively, it’s possible that your dog has irritated and dry skin – perhaps from the warm weather. Try using an anti-itch spray to help soothe its irritated skin. The WashBar Manuka + Kakadu Itch Soothe Spray is suitable for adult dogs and contains essential oils that are antibacterial, antifungal and extremely soothing. Rest assured that this spray will soothe your dog’s itch in no time.
Water on the Go
Taking your dog out to the park or simply for a walk? We recommend the Pidan Pet Travel Bottle. This innovative bottle has a one-touch leak proof button which allows water to flow into a specially designed water trough for your cat or dog to lap from.
You could also teach your dog how to drink from a regular water bottle! It’d be a pretty cool party trick too, no? Drinking out of a water bottle requires training because it changes the way a dog naturally drinks. Some dogs would naturally get the hang of drinking water from a water bottle while others may need more encouragement. Regardless, with your pet having its own personal water source when it’s outdoors, it reduces the risk of catching communicable diseases for other animals.
Let Your Pet Drink from Moving Water
Cats are finicky creatures when it comes to drinking water – no surprise there. But did you know that cats associate still water with stagnant water and moving water with fresh water? Encourage your feline friend to drink more water by investing in a cat fountain that produces a constant stream of water for your cat to drink from!
Dehydration could be potentially severe and even fatal for your pets! So take extra precaution to make sure that your pet is drinking enough water. We hope these items have been useful in helping your pet stay hydrated!
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