Keeping Your Dog Hydrated

Dehydration is a huge concern for Man’s Best Friend at this time of year. This can be very dangerous for dogs! Of course, Fido can’t tell you if he’s dehydrated, so it’s up to you to take precautions to make sure your cute pet stays properly hydrated. A local Anderson, IN vet offers some tips on doing that below.


First and foremost, make sure that Fido always has fresh water. You may need to set out more than one water station. Be sure to wash your pup’s bowls out daily, as otherwise they’ll soon get grimy, and start collecting bugs, dust, and germs. Yuck!

Ice Cubes

While you don’t want to give Fido too many ice cubes, there’s no reason he can’t chomp on one or two when it’s really hot out. Drop a few into his bowl on sweltering days. Also, bring plenty of water along for your canine pal whenever you take him off your property.

Pet Fountain

Many of our furry patients prefer drinking running water. Fido may also enjoy a pet fountain. There are some that shoot water up when dogs step on a pad. (We probably don’t have to tell you how adorable this is to watch.)


Sodium-free broth is a great treat for dogs. It’s high in electrolytes, which offers extra protection against dehydration. Offer your four-legged buddy a chilled bowl on hot days. You can also pour some into ice cube trays to make Fido a yummy frozen treat. For extra tail wags, add bits of kibble or crushed dog treats to the tray beforehand.

Canned Food

Wet food and kibble both have their own pros and cons. One benefit of canned food is that it does have a higher moisture content than dry food. Be sure to ask your vet for specific advice on Fido’s diet.

Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream on sweltering days? Make Fido his own doggy version. You can use things like sodium-free broth, frozen yogurt, and ripe bananas. Add things like blueberries or strawberries for extra moisture.


In case you were wondering, yes, Fido can have watermelon. There are a few caveats here, however. Make sure to remove all the seeds first, and don’t let your furry friend eat the rind. (We also recommend taking photos.)

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