Hydration for your Best Furry Friend
“Water” sustains “Life”, not just a good diet. A clean bowl of water is the most important part of your pet’s daily requirements and one that many pet guardians do not spend a lot of time thinking about.
Proper hydration for the Canine members of our family is a topic that perhaps you have not given as much importance to as needed.
Maintained hydration promotes health and wellness.
• It provides cells with the vital medium they need to work at their full capacity.
• It aids in the movement of heat for greater thermal control, especially when exercising.
• It provides support for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.
• It provides support for proper weight control.
• It aids in the proper absorption of medication and improves recovery time.
• It is necessary for the elimination of waste.
Are you aware of how much water your furry friend is getting in per day or do you just fill the water bowl when you see it is empty?
- Canines require one to three ounces of water per pound of body weight daily. If the weather is hot or your dog has been very active, more is better.
Are you concerned with the type of water you allow your pet to drink or do you just go with flow so to speak?
- They require a clean fresh source of water. If you wont drink it, neither should they!
Are you concerned with what may lurk in a let’s call it a community water bowl when out in public?
- They require their own clean personal water bowl at home and when out in public. Would you drink out of a community, used or dirty glass?
When an animal is not provided with enough fluid, dehydration can occur, a very common and dangerous condition.
Dehydration is the drying out of the body! If left untreated, dehydration can lead to serious physiological complications, including organ failure and even death.
•The cells are no longer able to do their job correctly.
•The ability to regulate heat is greatly compromised. ESPECIALLY during exercise and as global temperatures increases.
•Without water, proper digestion and absorption of nutrients is significantly reduced.
•Without water, proper absorption of medication is altered. This creates risks for GI, kidney, and liver problems.
•Without water the elimination of waste becomes difficult.
How Does A Dog Become Dehydrated?
• Overexposure to Heat
• Not Enough Water or Food
• Excessive Panting
to name just a few possiblities.
Potential Signs of Dehydration:
- Dry Nose
- Skin loses elasticity ( Pinch the skin on the back of your dogs neck between 2 fingers, if the skin goes back to laying flat your good, if the skin remains squished or wrinkled, your dog needs water)
- Check their Gums ( run your finger over the gums, if it feels a bit slimy, your good to go, if the gum tissue is not slimy your dog needs water)
If your little ones show any of these symptoms, get them to your Vet just to be safe.
It is easy to keep a clean bowl of fresh water in the home at all times.
But what about when you walk out the door, are you prepared?
I always grab a bottle or two of water when I leave the house with or without my animals and I keep water container options in my car at all times, so I don’t have to think about it once I am out the door and on the road with my pet/s.
I was recently introduced to a great container solution called the TroffPouch, a simple and convenient way to carry water everyday.
It is a personal, non-spill, twist-off top pouch that is eco-friendly, reusable, storable, freezable, easy to carry and easy to fill. It is truly a go anywhere, anytime solution to have your choice of water on hand when your pet needs a drink.
Founder Elizabeth Hanson combined her love and respect for the well being of dogs and her knowledge in food science to create the TroffPouch. Elizabeth states “We strongly believe that proper hydration needs to be every dog owner’s priority”.
Thank you Elizabeth for a great innovative solution to assure that us pet guardians have a “no brainer eco friendly” option to keep the water flowing.
Go have a drink with your favorite furry friend right now.
(Some of the information has been quoted from www.troffpouch.com)