Discussing The Importance Of Keeping Your Pets Well Hydrated And The Month Long Holiday That Promotes It

There are many different holidays that encompass the month of July. Independence Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Kitten Day, National Culinary Arts Month, and National Park & Recreation Month to name a few. However, July also has a month-long holiday that is very important to your pet’s health and well-being. We are of course talking about National Pet Hydration Month!

Not familiar with National Pet Hydration Month? Then you’re in luck because Long Island Pet Services has you covered. This article will cover everything you need to know about National Pet Hydration Month along with some general tips on how to keep your pets well hydrated this Summer. 

How It All Started

National Pet Hydration Month was founded in 2018 by a company called PetSafe. PetSafe is a U.S. based company that provides an extensive variety of pet products. They sell pet products such as toys, automatic feeders, water fountains, leashes, harnesses, cleaning supplies, bark collars, in-ground fences, and more. PetSafe created this holiday to raise awareness about the importance of water intake of domesticated animals. 

Purpose Behind The Holiday

July is easily one of the hottest months of the year in the U.S. This is even more true for our furry four legged friends. Our pets don’t have the luxury to remove their fur coats the way we remove our clothes. National Pet Hydration Month encourages pet owners to limit their pets’ exposure to hot temperatures and always provide them with clean drinking water. Keeping your pets well hydrated is the best way to prevent them from getting heat stroke and keeping them overall happy.

General Tips For Pet Hydration

Keeping your pet well hydrated is easier said than done. Whether you’re a new pet owner or an experienced pet owner, we know you’ll find this information valuable. That being said, here are a few general tips and pieces of advice for keeping your pets cool and well hydrated this Summer. 

Set An Alarm For Refills

With the summer heat in full swing, your pets will most likely be drinking more water than usual. That’s why we suggest setting an alarm (on your phone or watch) that will remind you to refill your pets’ water bowls. Set an alarm to refill their bowls every couple of hours so it’s always clean, fresh, and readily available. 

Try Adding Water Or Wet Food

You can safely add water to any type of dog or cat food to help ensure they get enough water in their diet. You can add water to dry food (kibble), canned food, and even raw food. You can safely soak kibble in water and store it in your fridge for up to 3 days. Wet food, as the name suggests, contains moisture which can help hydrate your pet if they are stubborn about drinking. 

Invest In A Pet Water Fountain

One of the most innovative pieces of pet technology on the market today is the pet water fountain. Pet water fountains are relatively small devices that provide your pets with constant flowing water. They contain a large reservoir (so less refills needed), use little electricity, and most of them come with replaceable charcoal filters.

The researchers at DrinkWell believe that pets are more inclined to drink from flowing water sources as opposed to still water. This is because the sound and feel of flowing water is more natural to them (such as a flowing stream or river). Pet water fountains are convenient, affordable, and very effective at keeping your pets well hydrated. 

D.I.Y. Frozen Treats

It wouldn’t be Summer without frozen treats like popsicles or ice cream. But, did you know that there are D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) frozen treat recipes for our pets? Both our dogs and our cats can enjoy frozen treats that are made of pet friendly ingredients and will keep them well hydrated. Most frozen dog treat recipes include fruits and vegetables such as banana, apple, carrots, pumpkin puree, and plain yogurt. Frozen cat treats are usually made with ingredients like tuna, salmon, goat’s milk, and broth. 

For detailed D.I.Y. frozen dog treat recipes, click here. For detailed D.I.Y. frozen cat treat recipes, click here

A Cool Summer

We hope you enjoyed this article and found the aforementioned information useful. There are many different ways to keep your pets well hydrated and these are just a few of our personal favorites. We hope you and your pets have a cool and safe Summer and happy National Pet Hydration Awareness Month!