Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

Summer is here! Many of our four-legged pals love snoozing in the sun, but hot weather can be rough on them. Making sure that your furry buddy is staying properly hydrated is very important! A Pleasanton, CA vet offers some helpful tips in this article.

Water Stations

Make sure your pet always has fresh, clean water. If you have multiple pets and/or a large house, keep more than one water station out. If you often find your furry friend’s bowl empty, get a larger one. You may also want to get automated waterers. If your pet spends time in the yard, keep a water bowl outside as well. Be sure to clean the bowls daily: otherwise, they will harbor dirt and bacteria. Drop a few ice cubes into your pet’s bowl on hot days.


Sodium-free broth is a great treat for dogs and cats. Offer your pet a bowl of beef, fish, or chicken broth. Just be sure to check the label and make sure doesn’t contain MSG.

Suitable Snacks

Offer your pet snacks with a high moisture content. Fido may like an ice cube or two on hot days. You can also offer him some doggy ice cream or another frozen treat. As for Fluffy, she can have some cat milk, which you can find in pet stores, or canned tuna in water.


Consider getting your furry pal a fountain. Many pets prefer to drink running water. This is a great option for cats that like tap water.

Water on the Go

If you like to take your dog out and about with you, always bring plenty of water along. Don’t let Fido drink from unknown water sources, as the water may be contaminated. Drinking from swimming pools is also a no-no.

Wet Food

Canned food has a higher moisture content than kibble. This can also help keep your furry pal hydrated. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.


Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration, especially in hot weather. Some common ones are panting, thick drool, a warm back, dark urine, trembling, sunken eyes, and red or pale gums. If you see any of these warning signs, immediately give your pet some water and contact your vet.

Please contact us, your local Pleasanton, CA pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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