Here at Gencon we like to think of happy and healthy pets, we wanted to give you some guidelines regarding your pooches and dehydration now the summers sun is well underway. UK dog owners could have plenty of distractions to take their attention away from their four legged friends! Reassuringly, a recent survey of over 1,000 pet owners conducted by pet product expert, PetSafe® brand, has found that our passion for pets comes before our love of the sun, but two in 10 pet owners aren’t sure how to tell if their pet is hydrated.
Wanting to do the ‘right thing’ for their pet over the summer months came across clearly in the study with 9 in 10 dog owners saying their pets come first and exercise, hydration and all important meal times for those who clock watch. However, once the elusive summer sun comes out, there was confusion amongst dog owners about what the ‘right thing’ actually is – particularly when it comes to keeping pooches cool and hydrated.
While almost all of the pet owners surveyed give their dogs fresh water every day, over half are unsure how much water their pets actually need to keep cool and hydrated.
Uncertainty crept in over whether pets should be put outside in warm weather – or kept indoors as 17 per cent said pets would be left outside as temperatures creep up to keep them cool.
Worryingly, 20 per cent admitted they couldn’t tell if their pet was dehydrated and common signs of dehydration were confused.
A staggering 88 per cent thought panting or sweating was a sign of dehydration, which is a common misconception and 40 per cent also incorrectly thought whining was a sign.
How to Tell If Your Dog Is Dehydrated
Symptoms of dehydration include lethargy, sunken eyes, and loss of appetite and depression. Another tell tale symptom is when pets’ gums lose moistness and become dry and sticky.
So look out for these symptoms and how much water intake your dog should have within the hotter months!
The diagram to the left gives you a guide to this and here at Gencon we think its brilliant!
Enjoy the sunshine!