4 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Hydrated this Summer

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4 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Hydrated this Summer

Summer officially starts in a week, but Toronto is already feeling the heat. Summertime means spending more time outside with your dogs, but as the temperature rises it’s important that you keep them hydrated! While dogs on raw diets don’t need as much water, it’s still crucial to make sure they don’t overheat so here are a few simple tips to keep your pups cool and hydrated this summer.

 

Keep Water Bowl Clean

It’s important to make sure that your dog’s water bowl is always squeaky clean! A clean water bowl will help prevent bacteria and mold from growing and potentially making your dog sick. It also will encourage them to drink more. You wouldn’t want to drink from a dirty cup, would you? Neither does your dog! Make sure you keep an eye on the water level and regularly refresh it so that they have a steady supply of clean water.

 

Take Water with You

If you’re planning on taking your pup outside with you, whether it’s to the park or on a hike, be sure to bring along water not only for yourself but also for them. Having a portable water source will make sure your dog stays hydrated and cool when outside in the heat. There are tons of fun collapsible water bowls and special dog water bottles you can purchase these days.

 

Switch to a Raw Diet

If your dog isn’t already on a raw diet and is super active outside you should consider switching! Dogs on raw diets don’t need as much water because raw food naturally contains more water than commercially processed kibble. Your pup will still need access to water but they’ll drink less. Another plus side is that this will lead to less drooling!

 

Introduce Fruits

Did you know there are tons of yummy fruits that can benefit your dog’s health? In addition to providing nutrients, some fruits such as watermelon are also super hydrating. On your next excursion pack some tasty fruit that you and your dog can both enjoy! Just make sure not to feed them too much fruit at once as this may cause digestive issues.

 

Staying hydrated is important to keeping your dog happy and healthy, so be sure to give your pup plenty of water this summer. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about switching to a raw dog food diet.