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Keeping Your Dog Hydrated

July is Pet Hydration Month! While it’s always important to make sure your canine pal has fresh, clean water, this is absolutely crucial in summer, when temperatures soar. Read on as a local Brandon, FL vet offers tips on preventing doggy dehydration.

Water, Water, Water

First and foremost, make sure your furry friend always has plenty of water. If you have a large dog, more than one dog, and/or a big house, set out more than one watering station. You may want to consider getting an automated waterer, or a pet fountain.

Outdoor Stations

If you have a yard for Fido to chase squirrels around in, you’ll need to put water bowls outdoors as well. Clean these bowls daily, as otherwise bugs, dirt, and germs will quickly build up. If you want to make your canine buddy’s bowl look a bit nicer, get a pretty plant urn and put it in that.

Ice

On sweltering days, go ahead and drop a few ice cubes into Fido’s bowl. While you shouldn’t feed your furry buddy too much ice, you can give him one or two cubes to chew on, if he likes.

Snacks

Keep hydration in mind when choosing Fido’s treats. Your four-legged friend may enjoy a bowl of sodium-free beef or chicken broth. You can also make custom treats by pouring water or broth over dog biscuits, kibble, shredded meat, and/or safe fruits and veggies. Use waxed paper cups, an ice cube tray, or freezer-safe pet treat molds. Pop them in the freezer overnight, and hand out for tail wags on hot days.

Doggy On The Go

Whenever you take Fido off your property, always bring water along for him. You can get collapsible plastic bowls, which are very lightweight and easy to carry. A doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser is another good option.

Food

Although kibble does have its advantages, one good thing about canned food is that it does have a higher moisture content. If you feed Fido dry food, ask your vet for tips about adding a little water to it.

Tips

Fido will become dehydrated much more quickly in hot weather. Limit your furry pal’s outdoor time in hot weather, especially around midday, when it’s hottest.

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Frozen Treats for Fido

Summer is just around the corner! Florida isn’t exactly known for having mild summers. When it gets hot, many of us like to cool off by reaching for a cold treat. Why not make something for your dog? In this article, a Brandon, FL vet lists some frozen snacks you can make for Fido.

Pupsicles

For this one, you’ll want to start by filling an ice cube tray with fresh water or sodium free broth. Put pieces of kibble or crumbled-up doggy treats into each one. Voila!

Doggy Ice Cream

You can buy doggy ice cream at many pet stores and grocery stores, or you can make your own. Start with a smooth base. Try mixing peanut butter with bananas and plain yogurt. You can also use sodium-free broth, pureed pumpkin, and/or organic baby food. For ‘toppings’ try adding bacon bits, shredded cheese, or cooked hamburger.

Banana/PB Bites

Speaking of PB and bananas, they’re the stars of this yummy snack. Mix the two together, and add a bit of water to thin the mixture out.

Frozen Cheeseburger Bites

Want to really get that cute tail going? Cook up some hamburger and add some water to it. Portion it out, and top with shredded cheese and bacon bits.

Apple Chicken Yums

Put fresh apple slices (without the seeds) into an ice cube tray, along with some shredded cheddar. Pour sodium-free chicken broth over them, and pop them into the freezer. Instant tail wags!

Frozen Yums

Start with sodium-free broth and water. Pour it into a small container, such as a paper cup. Let it start to freeze, and then put a chew stick in the middle.

Yogurt Bones

Plain yogurt is a great treat for dogs! You can offer Fido some plain yogurt, but you can also add things like carrots, berries, bananas, or peanut butter.

Tips

There are many different ways to portion these recipes out before freezing. You use ice cube trays, Kong toys, or paper cups. Or, get some cute bone-shaped molds. You can also experiment with ingredients. Just stick to pet-safe foods. Some things to avoid include garlic, onions, scallions and chives; chocolate; avocados; pitted fruits; nuts; chocolate; alcohol;  grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; and products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about safe and unsafe treats? Contact us, your Brandon, FL vet, anytime.