We all know the importance of hydration for people and pets. Yet, some pets are picky drinkers, shy away from water or just don’t realize when they’re dehydrated. Here’s our favorite tips to entice your pet to stay hydrated.
Hydration for Dogs Away from Home
- Get a collapsible bowl or portable water bottle for car rides, walks and grand adventures.
- Add an extra incentive to the water, like bone broth or goat’s milk.
- Reward your dog with small treats or praise after drinking from a portable water bottle or bowl.
If your dog isn’t immediately ready to drink out of your portable drinking method, build up slowly. Practice drinking from a portable water bottle at home. Once your dog is comfortable with drinking from the portable container at home, practice on walks or during short car rides before going on a long adventure.
Some dogs may need a lot of encouragement to drink from a new dish. Every time your dog drinks, reward with praise or treats. If you need to encourage your dog to try the water, try adding bone broth or goat’s milk to the water or placing peanut butter on the edge of the drinking area.
Find tips on keeping your dog cool in our Keeping Pets Cool article.
8 Tips for Keeping Cats Hydrated
- Keep water fresh. Change the water frequently and also clean out your cat’s water dish. Cats will naturally avoid stagnant water or old water.
- Cool down your cat’s water. Try adding ice cubes to water if it’s heating up too quickly.
- Share with your cat. Sometimes cats want to drink out of your water cup. Pour them their own fresh cup.
- Try a new bowl. Cats don’t always like their whiskers touching the edge of the bowl, so try different shapes, depths or materials.
- Place multiple water bowls around your cat’s most traveled areas. This reminds your cat to drink often.
- Try filtered water or water straight from the tap. Cats can detect the differences and may prefer one or the other.
- Flavor your cat’s water with a bone broth for cats. Make sure to follow guidelines on keeping bone broth at room temperate, as it can spoil quickly.
- Add canned or raw food to their diet. With the higher water content, it’s an easy way to increase your cat’s water intake.
Keeping Your Reptiles Hydrated
Ensure your pet’s room is an appropriate temperature and humidity level. Consider moving them to a different room or a different part of the room if the weather is too hot or cold.
Provide options for your reptile to self-regulate its body through basking, burrowing or other natural behaviors for your pet. Add in the option to regulate heating or lighting, so the enclosure doesn’t overheat.
If appropriate, provide dish of water, mist more often or add a substrate material that naturally retains water. If you are increasing water misting or water-retaining material, look for mildew or mold forming and take measure to eliminate it.
Check with your veterinarian for warning signs, tips for summer care and how to keep your reptile hydrated.
More Bone Broth Benefits for Dogs and Cats
Bone broth entices your pet to drink water is packed with more benefits. It’s used to support the immune system, reduce allergies, promote healthy digestion, strengthen bones, improve skin and coat, and reduce inflammation and joint paint.
Packed with bone marrow, collagen, gelatin, amino acids and minerals, bone broth especially aids in a healthy gut. The gut is the hub of the immune system, and bone broth aids in nutrient absorption and promoting healthy gut flora.
Bone broth can be particularly helpful for aging dogs as can boost the immune system, reduce inflammation for things like arthritis and encourage eating.
We carry frozen, shelf stable and powdered bone broth, so that you can choose the one that works best for your pet.
Always follow directions when giving bone broth to your pets. Avoiding giving pets meat stocks used for cooking, as they can contain added sodium and other ingredients potentially harmful to pets.
Finding What’s Right
Your pet’s health and safety is our priority. Always see your veterinarian if you’re concerned about your pet’s health or hydration levels.
Our team members are devoted to finding the best solution for your pet. Through training, experience and learning from others, our team is equipped to provide options and recommendations.