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The Importance of Keeping Your Pet Hydrated in the Summer Time

Water is vital to pet health and wellness. Water supports cell function, helps your pet digest his food, and aids in absorbing nutrients. It also cools your pet’s body to avoid heat stroke, particularly during the summer months. At Suburban Veterinary Clinic, we encourage pet owners to do their part to protect their pets from dehydration, heat stroke, and other health issues during summer. Here’s why proper hydration and keeping your pet cool is essential for pet wellness.

Dangers of Dehydration and Heat Stroke

Dehydration can cause serious health issues in your pet. It can impair your pet’s digestion and damage his internal organs and joints. Severe dehydration can cause kidney failure, unconsciousness, and even death in dogs. Some common signs of dehydration are tacky gums, sunken eyes, and loss of skin elasticity. Heat stroke can accompany dehydration. Symptoms of heat stroke include weakness, excessive panting, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, and unconsciousness.

If your pet shows signs of dehydration or heat stroke, contact our Maple Heights veterinarian right away. If he’s outdoors, move him inside to help cool him off. Offer him fresh, clean water, but do not force him to drink. Our veterinarian can provide additional counsel on how to care for your pet until you can bring him in for treatment.

How to Maintain Proper Hydration in Pets 

Keeping your pet hydrated is essential to good pet health in summer. Outdoor pets should have easy access to shady areas and fresh, clean water at all times. Avoid vigorous exercise or playtime with your pup during the heat of the day. Schedule exercise for early morning or evenings when it’s cooler. Never leave your pet in a locked car during summer as he could easily suffer heat stroke. It’s also important to stay current with your pet wellness exams to prevent serious health issues.

See Our Maple Heights Veterinarian for Improved Pet Wellness this Summer

For help keeping your pet healthy and happy this summer, contact Suburban Veterinary Clinic in Maple Heights at 216-662-6117.