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Summer is in full swing here in Chicagoland, and everyone is feeling the heat! In our last blog we talked about ways to keep your dogs cool and important signs of heatstroke to look out for. If you missed it, you can catch up here!

Today we’re all about hydration, and cat owners – we want you to listen up, too! Dehydration is a huge issue with pets. Most people aren’t aware of how much water their furry family needs or just assume their pets are drinking enough on their own. That being said, think about it this way: how many of us really drink as much water as we’re supposed to? We’re just as guilty as our dogs and cats and we can fill our glass up anytime we want!

It goes without saying that in hot weather you need to pay extra close attention to your pet’s water intake, but luckily, it’s not as tough as you might think to encourage more hydration.

Make sure you always have fresh water available! We put emphasis on the “fresh” because standing water is a haven for bacteria to develop. Even if your pet hasn’t emptied their bowl yet, you should change it at least once daily and wash their bowl regularly. If you’re looking for an extra convenient way to keep your pet’s water fresh, we suggest getting a Drinkwell Fountain. Those of you who have visited our stores are probably already familiar with this handy device since it’s likely your dog has taken a gulp or two from the ones we have out!

Drinkwells intimidate some people because they look like there would be a lot of gadgets and gizmos to figure out, but they’re actually very easy to set up and maintain. In fact, it’s so easy that there’s no assembly required! The fountain helps aerate the water which keeps it staying fresh longer. Think about how water tastes when you first pour it into the glass versus when it has been sitting out for a while. It starts to taste stale. The Drinkwell helps prevent that! It also makes it more difficult for bacteria to develop, so not only does it stay fresh; it stays clean.

Cat owners, we all know: you can lead your kitty to water, but you can’t make them drink it! We also know that if your cat sees something moving even a little bit, they’ll probably want to check it out, and that’s the Drinkwell’s secret weapon, so to speak. Cats (and dogs) will be attracted to the movement of the water which can encourage them to drink more! Thirsting to get your own now? Visit us in-store for a demo or grab one for yourself online here!

Now let’s talk about keeping water fresh outside. For as many times as you swap out your indoor water bowl you should do it twice as much outdoors. You should also never let pets drink water that has been sitting overnight. There’s no telling what sort of yucky things get in it while you aren’t looking! Keep in mind, other animals get thirsty, too, and you never know what diseases they carry. Plus bugs–especially mosquitoes–like to lay their larvae in still water. Needless to say, if you wouldn’t drink it, neither should they!

If you’re on the go, it’s important to have some water available for your dog, too. Long walks or trips to parks and beaches can be tough on your pup in the heat. Some public areas will have water available for dogs, however, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s always smart to bring a portable water dish with you, and yes, that’s a thing! We always point our customers in the direction of the Gulpy Water Dispenser.

It’s possible you’ve seen us mention this on previous blogs, and that should show how much we love this product! Simply flip the “bowl” down to hydrate your dog in a matter of seconds. The bottle is designed to make sure the well doesn’t overflow, and when you’re ready to put it away there’s an automatic locking feature to prevent spills. It’s about the same size as a standard water bottle and comes in two different sizes, making it a must-have for every pet parent. They’re available in-store and online to order!

This may feel like a lot of information, but it all sums up to this: you can really never have too much water available for your pets. Keep their bowls full and fresh. Pay attention to their intake to make sure they’re drinking enough. And remember: a hydrated pet is a happy pet!

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