7 Ways To Keep Your Dog Hydrated

July is Pet Hydration Month! While it’s always important to make sure your pet is getting enough water, this is absolutely crucial in summer, when temperatures soar. Read on as a Pleasanton, CA vet offers some tips on keeping your dog well hydrated.


Make sure your dog always has fresh water. If you have more than one pooch, or if Fido seems to drink his bowl dry in a few gulps, set out more than one water station. If you have a yard, keep water dishes outside as well.


Consider getting your pooch an automated waterer. A pet fountain is another good idea. You can find some now that turn on when your pup steps on them. This is not only pretty fun for Fido, it’s also really cute to watch!


Choose treats that have a high moisture content. Doggy ice cream, which you can find in many pet stores, is one good option. You can also make your pet some yummy pupsicles. Put bits of kibble; crushed up doggy treats; shredded meat; or chew sticks in an ice cube tray or waxed paper cups. Then, pour water or sodium-free broth over them, and freeze. Voila! Happy dog.


Canned food has more moisture in it than kibble, which is one thing to keep in mind this summer. If you do want to give Fido dry food, ask your vet about adding water to it.

Doggy On The Go

Whenever you take your four-legged buddy off your property, always bring water along for him. One way to make this easier is to get a doggy water bottle with an attached bowl. These are perfect to take with you when you’re out and about!

Ice Follies

On hot days, go ahead and drop an ice cube into Fido’s water bowl. While you shouldn’t give your pet too much ice, it’s generally fine for pups to chew on one or two cubes.


Sodium-free beef or chicken broth is a great treat for dogs. Offer your furry pal a bowl on hot days. You can also make broth cubes by freezing the broth in an ice cube tray. Your pooch may enjoy having one or two as a cold snack!

Is your dog due for an exam? Please reach out to us, your Pleasanton, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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