Can Dogs Or Cats Get Dehydrated?

Can Dogs Or Cats Get Dehydrated?

Have you ever wondered if your dog or cat is getting enough hydration into their system? Check out our blog on the right foods and liquids to have on hand to combat dehydration.

Have you ever wondered if your dog or cat is getting enough hydration into their system? The hot summer months can lead to dehydration very quickly so it’s always good to make sure you have foods and liquids on hand to combat dehydration. Dogs and cats that are fed a kibble-only diet can suffer from chronic dehydration as they are carnivores and thrive on moisture other than water. Dehydration can contribute to a number of health issues such as kidney disease, bladder stones, and diabetes. 

Symptoms Of Dog Or Cat Dehydration Includes:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy and/or weakness
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Excessive panting
  • Pale or bright red gums

In general, pets will usually drink when they need to, and you don’t need to worry that your pet isn’t getting enough water unless you notice any of the symptoms of dehydration mentioned above. If you suddenly notice a big change in the amount your pet is drinking, or any differences in their urinary habits that you can’t easily explain, speak to your vet for advice. Also, always be sure to keep your dog or cat in a cool, shaded area and to limit their time outside when temperatures are above 80 degrees.

Why Do Cats Need More Than Water

Because cats are obligate carnivores they need other alternatives to stay hydrated than just water as that alone will not provide them the hydration they need. This is why bone broth or goat’s milk is always recommended to be added into their diet. If your cat will eat veggies or fruit then that is an added benefit as many cats are particular about what they eat. Overall, cats will typically drink less water than dogs. 

Easy Ways To Keep Dogs & Cats Hydrated 

Superfoods such as bone broth, goat’s milk, cow kefir, and various veggies are great to offer to our furry friends to help support hydration. Watermelon is a great fruit option to give your dog’s (or cat’s if they’ll eat it) that will assist with water intake. Cucumbers, lettuce, broccoli, and brussels sprouts are over 85% water which makes them great alternatives as well. Pet parents can find many alternative options at The Pet Beastro to keep their pup or kitty hydrated! Below are some products to keep in mind and ways to offer them to your dog or cat. 

To shop these natural and safe options for your pet’s hydration needs, stop in and visit us at our Madison Heights, Michigan retail location! Or visit our natural pet food, treats, toys, and supplies online store.   

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