This summer could potentially be one of the worst on record for Australia andbeing hydration wise is now more vital to the health and well-being of yourpet than ever.

PetSafe® Brand Australia is once again making December Pet Hydration Month, urging pet owners to be aware and plan ahead for their pets’ hydration overthe summer.

Here are 7 simple tips to help keep your pet cool and hydrated this summer.

1. MORE WATER MORE OFTEN

Animals need more water than humans. Dogs {for example} are made up of 80%water where humans are only 60%. Therefore in the heat of summer your dogrequires more water, more often.

A general rule of thumb is that a dog needs 70mls of water per kilogram ofbody weight, so a 4.5kg dog needs 2 bowls a day, and a 35kg dog needs 10!

The easiest way to encourage your pet to constantly rehydrate is with a petdrinking fountain. These provide fresh, filtered water to your pet and themultiple streams of free falling water entice your pet to drink more.

2. PROVIDE SHADE – ALL DAY

Most dog owners are not home for most of the day, with pets being left alonesometimes up to 10 hours. The backyard is the most common area that dogs willbe, and most people don’t realise that this can also be the most hazardous.

Make sure you provide your pet with adequate shade that will last all day.This can be easily achieved by investing in a shade cloth, large outdoorumbrella or canopy, or a kennel. But remember not all dog houses are ‘heatproof’ so make sure you give them an all-day shady option.

3. KEEP THAT HAIR SHORT

Just like you would prepare your home for bush fire season; you need toprepare your pet for summer! The shorter the hair the cooler they will stay soif you have a dog with a long or shaggy coat give it a nice short shave. Thiswill keep them cool.

4. EXERCISE AT DUSK OR DAWN

All pets need some exercise; however if you take them out for walks in thesummer time change your routine to dawn or dusk walks.

This makes it cooler for you and your pet and is also less harsh on theirpaws. They can feel the heat of the sand or bitumen just like you!

5. LET THEM DIG

Believe it or not dogs don’t just dig from boredom. It can be to hide food,toys and to keep cool! Just remember a little bit of digging wont hurt.

6. FREEZE SOME DOGGIE ICY POLES

Dogs love a frozen treat in the summer and it cools them down. Pet icy polesare easy to make and can keep them busy. Just add their favorite treats towater and freeze! Easy!

7. GIVE THEM A BATH

Shallow pools are a great way for your pet to cool down! Buy a child’s sandpit and fill it with shallow water and watch them splash!

8. DON’T CHAIN THEM UP

Some people will tie up their dogs in the back yard when they head out for theday; but this can prevent them from finding cool shade or respite from theheat of the day. If you don’t have adequate fencing you could invest in a petcontainment system; or corner off a smaller section of the yard that hasplenty of shade and water!

Dehydration in pets can be very serious and even deadly, being Hydration Awarecould be the difference between life and death for our pets over the summer.

The PetSafe® Australia Pet Hydration Awareness Campaign infographic can bedownloaded from: http://intl.petsafe.net/en-au/pet-hydration

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