Keeping Your Dog Hydrated in Summer

As the hot weather approaches, you may notice your pooch slurping up lots of water. Fido can get hot very quickly when temperatures rise. Making sure that your pup always has plenty of cool, fresh water is very important! Dogs don’t have many easy ways to cool off. They only sweat through their paws, and panting isn’t always enough. Here, a local Greensboro, NC vet offers tips on keeping your canine buddy properly hydrated.

Fido’s Bowl

First things first: make sure your canine pal has a good doggy bowl. Medium and large dogs may prefer elevated dishes, as they are more comfortable than bowls on the floor. The bowl should hold more water than your pet needs: if Fido consistently drains his bowl in one shot, he may need a bigger one. However, you don’t want a bowl that’s too large, either. We recommend stainless steel, as plastic bowls eventually develop tiny cracks that can harbor bacteria. However, no matter what type of bowl your four-legged buddy has, be sure to wash it daily.

Puppy Playzone

If Fido has an outdoor area, make sure he has fresh water outdoors at all times. You can get your pooch a doggy fountain if you like. (Tip: for an attractive option, get a large plant urn and put Fido’s bowl in that.)

Out and About

Whenever you take Fido out somewhere, even if it’s just for a long walk, be sure to bring water along for him. Consider getting a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. These are great for hikes! Collapsible plastic bowls also work. We also recommend keeping gallons of water in your car. Better safe than sorry!

Hot Weather

When it gets really hot out, keep Fido indoors during the hottest parts of the day. Walk and play with him in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out.


If you know or suspect that Fido isn’t drinking enough—or if you just want to give him a treat—pour some sodium free beef or chicken broth into his water.

Avoid Unsafe Sources

Don’t let Fido drink from questionable water sources. This includes pools, ponds, rivers, and streams. The toilet is also a no-no: keep that seat cover down!

Please contact us, your local Greensboro, NC pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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