National Pet Hydration Awareness Month is observed in July to help raise awareness about the importance of pet hydration. While humans have resorted to hourly reminders to keep up with their hydration needs throughout the day, our pets rely on us to keep a full bowl and a hydrated body. The blazing sun of July requires us to amp up the hydration of ourselves, and our pets. Pet dehydration can quickly take a turn for the worse. Yet, there aren’t a lot of commercials, wellness gurus, or social media stars reminding us about this.
History of National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
There’s no better way to fight back the blazing hot sun of July than by keeping your pets hydrated. Pet dehydration is a highly overlooked yet critical area that concerns your pet’s general health and well-being. Just as human bodies are 60% water, pets’ bodies are 80% water, and abruption in consistent replenishment can seriously limit their mobility and strength. A severe case of chronic dehydration can turn fatal as well.
National Pet Hydration Awareness Month propagates the importance of hydration and lets pet parents know about the early warning signs of dehydration, which include loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of skin elasticity, etc. The month also raises critical awareness about the dangers of water intoxication, which occurs due to constant exposure to water bodies such as pools or garden hoses. Excessive salivation, seizures, vomiting, and bloating are some of the early signs of water intoxication.
The month was introduced by PetSafe to raise awareness about the water intake of domesticated animals, as they brave the hottest month across the U.S. Each time you reach for a glass, think of your pets. The annual observation also asks us to limit their exposure to extreme temperatures. It is important to keep freshly-filtered water in the vicinity of your pets at all times. Since we are responsible for the hydration of our four-legged friends, it is recommended to set daily alarms, check up on the bowls, and keep in mind the symptoms of dehydration.
National Pet Hydration Awareness Month timeline
Sheep becomes the first type of animal to be domesticated for fur and meat by the nomadic tribes.
American Kennel Club is established to advocate for the safety of domesticated canines.
Electronic pet training product manufacturer PetSafe launches operations in the U.S.
PetSafe designates July as National Pet Hydration Awareness Month.
National Pet Hydration Awareness Month FAQs
How much water should a dog drink in a day?
Ideally, a dog needs an ounce of water for every pound it weighs. For example, a 16-pound dog would require 16 ounces of water a day.
What are the signs of dehydration in a cat?
Dry and tacky gums are the foremost sign of dehydration in a cat.
Is cold water bad for dogs?
Drinking icy cold water every once in a while is considered to be okay, but consistent servings are bad for dogs, as it can lead to a hypothermic shock.
How to Observe National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
Fill the bowl everyday
We understand that being a pet parent can be a ton of responsibility. And with the everyday juggle, essential things such as pet hydration are bound to slip out of your list of priorities. This July, make it a habit to refill your dog’s water bowl every day, regardless of the residue. Additionally, schedule regular cleaning and maintenance of the dish so that it’s hygienic and safe.
Set an alarm
If consistent alarms have helped you in being consistent with daily water intake in the last couple of months, we'd suggest you try the same with your furry friends. Keep daily tabs on your pet's water intake and set reminders to replenish their supply at regular intervals of the day.
Check the gums
There are a lot of symptoms of dehydration, but the most apparent one manifests in the mouth. Dry and sticky gums are the most noticeable symptoms of dehydration. Canines, felines, and almost all other pets are constantly salivating, and only stop when they physically can’t. Dry and unpaired gummies are a sign of dehydration.
5 Symptoms Of Dehydration In Pets
Dehydration dulls the digestive system, resulting in loss of appetite.
A lack of water in the system drains the energy and results in vicarious panting, even after limited activity.
Loss of skin elastcity
The skin and fur lose their shine and elasticity due to a lack of hydration.
Dry nose and gums
Dehydration deprives the pets of their habit of consistent salivation.
Dehydration leads to a pathological state of unresponsiveness and sleepiness.
Why National Pet Hydration Awareness Month is Important
Summer is here
July is chosen as National Pet Hydration Awareness Month so that we can be extra cautious of the blazing temperatures and plan our schedules accordingly. The month educates all pet parents about the early symptoms and severe consequences of dehydration and overhydration.
The symptoms aren’t always apparent
Sometimes it’s hard to detect conclusive symptoms of dehydration, as they align with that of many other summer diseases. Hence, the best option for all guardians is to stay updated with their pet’s water intake. National Pet Hydration Awareness Month also educates us about how we can encourage the water intake of our pets.
It creates awareness
A sudden change in drinking habits can indicate other changes in an animal’s body. For example, dogs with leptospirosis, pancreatitis, and parvovirus tend to avoid water. Whereas bladder infections and diabetes can lead to uncontrollable thirst. Closely monitoring the water drinking patterns can keep their health in check.
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