Keeping your dog hydrated during hot days

The Jennifers ‘ dogs, Tanner and Kasper

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on June 26, 2011

Over the past several weeks, I have noticed that there have been more and more people taking their dogs out for a walk.  This always happens when the weather gets better.  Jennifer (the student) and I went out for a nice walk with our dogs this past weekend and had a conversation about keeping our doggies cool and hydrated during summertime walks. Jennifer’s husband Fred also showed me a special hydrating vest they use for their dog Tanner.  When I find out more about it, I’ll have to report on it.  But getting back to doggie hydration, just like humans, summer months make dogs more prone to dehydration.  Here are some tips for minimizing dehydration risk:

  • Do  not walk your dog during the hottest time of the day (10 am-4pm)
  • Make sure your dog is properly hydrated before the walk.  Your dog should always have access to adequate amounts of clean, fresh water every day.
  • If you are on a walking trail that provides water stations, encourage your dog to stop at them and fuel up.  If this is not available, make sure that you bring an ample supply of water along with you.
  • Encourage your dog to drink plenty after exercising.

Have a great summer with your dogs!!!

♥ ♥

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