Pet Hydration – what you need to know! #pethydrationmonth


Pet Hydration MonthOlive here! I’m dropping in today to let you know just how important it is for us kitties to keep hydrated. Did you know that July is Pet Hydration Month? Well, it is! And PetSafe® Brand wants all humans to know what dehydration symptoms to watch for as well as tips to keep pets properly hydrated.

So, come on, let’s find out together! And stay tuned for our giveaway at the end of the post!

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Symptoms of Dehydration

According to PetSafe, these are the common symptoms to watch for regarding pet dehydration:

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Lack of energy
  • Excessive and ongoing panting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sunken, dry eyes
  • Dry and sticky gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity (when pulled or moved, the skin will not go back to its original place)

If you suspect that your pet is dehydrated, be sure to take them to the vet!

Tips for Staying Hydrated

Yuck, right?! Who wants to be dehydrated? So, now that we know what to watch out for, let’s find out how to avoid that in the first place. Here are some helpful tips for our human servants parents.

  • Your pet needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. This amount may increase based on the activity level of your pet or any existing health conditions.
  • Provide clean water at all times and change it frequently to ensure freshness. Also, don’t forget to wash your pet’s bowl every day to prevent bacteria from forming.
  • Bring extra water when you’re traveling or exercising with your pet.
  • Anytime your pet is outside, whether it is for a few minutes or a full afternoon, always make sure they have plenty of water.
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PetSafe Brand Fountains to the Rescue

Okay, so all those tips are well and good. But how do you get your pet to actually drink more water? In our house, Sophie can be seen at the water bowl most often. But not all cats like to drink from a bowl; they may prefer circulated or flowing water. That’s where PetSafe comes in!

They have created a line of pet fountains to encourage your furry ones to drink more water. The PetSafe Brand fountains are stylish, easy to clean, and low-maintenance. The fountains are also important for pet health, as they can help prevent urinary and kidney diseases by encouraging your pet to drink more water.

PetSafe has an entire line of fountains to choose from. So, you’re almost sure to find one you like!

PetSafe® Drinkwell® Pagoda Pet Fountain

PetSafe sent us the PetSafe® Drinkwell® Pagoda Pet Fountain to try out and we love it! It’s super stylish and Mom picked out a color that goes with our living room decor. PetSafe says this about the Pagoda fountain: “The Pagoda fountain continuously recirculates 70 ounces of fresh, filtered water. Best of all, the stylish ceramic design is easy to clean and looks great in your home. The upper and lower dishes provide 2 drinking areas for pets, and the dual free-falling streams keep water tasting fresh, which encourages your pet to drink more.”

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Here I am enjoying the new fountain.
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Here comes Dexter to check out the new fountain.

Giveaway

Guess what! You could win the PetSafe® Drinkwell® Pagoda Pet Fountain for yourself! Simply enter a blog comment below and then enter the giveaway. Good luck, kitties!

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents who reside in the 48 contiguous states, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 5:00pm Pacific.

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26 thoughts on “Pet Hydration – what you need to know! #pethydrationmonth

  1. When my cat Gracie was new, she didn’t eat or drink. I bought a water fountain to encourage water drinking. With 4 cats, I would find pieces of kibble in it and the water had to be changed every day. It required filters and taking it apart to clean was time consuming. I’d love to find one that’s easier and still offers moving water.

  2. My Stevie loves running water and I have an older PetSafe fountain. Thank you for making sure everyone is aware of the importance of hydration.

  3. That looks like a really nice fountain. We have water outside both doors as well as my kitties’ fountain, and, of course, the frequent demands for me to turn on the faucet in the bathroom sink.
    Yael from PlayingInCatnip.com

  4. I had a water fountain years ago with my previous six boys and it finally quit. Now that I have a new generation of kitties from young to senior age, Since my three love to drink from the faucet, I think it’s time for me to look for another fountain and the Pagoda Fountain looks awesome ~

  5. I had no idea cats need so much water. I know they get dehydrated easily – one of the reasons Bear and Ellie get wet food treats. Though they drink a lot on their own, I seriously doubt they get enough if it’s one ounce per pound of weight!

  6. We have a PetSafe water fountain and we noticed that both Blackie and Wilson started to drink a lot more water than usual since we got it. Ours, however, isn’t as stylish and the one on the giveaway, so I wouldn’t mind getting a new one ;-)

    This post was actually very helpful! Super instructive! :-)

  7. I just won a new 360 so I wish everybuddy else luck. I was dehydrated once years ago and from that time on the peeps “tent” me often although I do use the fountain every week or so. When we had no a/c, the only sign I showed was the no energy one and TW certainly didn’t push me to run or play.

  8. Great info – thanks for sharing. Wondering if contest is open to D.C. Residents – times say 48 contiguous states so while DC is contiguous it is not a state.

  9. What a cute fountain! I like the look of it. It kinda reminds me of those display fountains folks have inside of their houses for decorations. I wish we could enter the contest to try it out, but alas… Canadian… :'(

  10. It seems impossible to believe, but we actually have never had a fountain and just know we would LOVE one! I think the human worries we would make a dreadful mess pawing around in the water and dropping our toys in, but we don’t care! Purrs from the Zee/Zoey gang

  11. My kitties would love this! We have a girl named Zoey who has UTI problems a lot. The vet says she just needs to drink more water. This might get her more interested in drinking the amount she needs! Our boy cats Alex and Max are constantly begging us to turn on the sink for them to drink out of it. We always keep fresh water in bowls for them but they LOVE the cold water right from the faucet. They would be amazed at this fountain. Our new baby kitten WIllow was found near our garbage cans. I think she was only about 4 or 5 weeks old but she is getting much bigger now that she is inside eating like a champ! She loves playing in the water bowl and would have so much fun with a fountain!

  12. I’ve entered every giveaway I’ve ever seen for this fountain (and never won). I am absolutely in love with the style of this fountain, and I know my cats would get so much use from it! We have three Treeing Walker Coonhounds and three cats (all rescues) and they typically share water bowls. I’m having to constantly change and fill the bowls, since the dogs drink so much – and leave so much backwash. Winning this would be a godsend!

Any thoughts to share?