Contrary to popular belief, dehydration is a risk for dogs even in cold weather. Winter air tends to be drier, which means indoor heating and outdoor play can lead to increased water loss. Adequate hydration is crucial for maintaining overall health, supporting joint function, and regulating body temperature, especially during winter walks and play sessions. These tips will help you keep your four-legged family members healthy and hydrated throughout the winter months.
🔥 Warm Water Wonders:
Dogs may prefer warmer water in winter. Offer lukewarm water in their bowl to entice them to drink more, especially if they're coming in from the cold.
🍵 Hydration-Infused Meals:
Incorporate moisture-rich foods into their meals by adding water to dog food. For example, Healthybud’s Beef Meal Patties and Turkey Meal Patties are designed to be rehydrated by adding 1 tbsp of water per patty, which softens the food, allowing natural smells and flavour to come out! (The Healthybud Meal Bites are also delicious in water, even though they don’t rehydrate!)
🦴Treats in the Water Bowl:
Boost your pup’s water with delicious treats and toppers. Soft & chewy treats like Healthybud’s Joint Booster, Gut Booster and Calming Aid add irresistible flavors (and health benefits) to your doggo’s water so you’re guaranteed to see them slurp up their entire bowl in no time! Just make sure to take them on frequent walks since they’ll be peeing a lot more often 😝.
🧊 Frozen Treat Extravaganza:
Create hydrating frozen treats by freezing low-sodium broth or diluted fruit juices. These icy delights can be a refreshing snack during winter play.
💧 Bring Water On-The-Go:
Bring water for your dog on outdoor adventures and winter escapades by carrying a portable dog water bottle with you, such as Healthybud’s water bottle & dog bowl. Dog water bottles are game-changers for on-the-go hydration to quench your pup’s thirst no matter where you are — even if it just means sneaking in a few extra water breaks throughout the day.
👀 Regular Water Bowl Check-ins:
Ensure that water bowls are regularly checked and refreshed, as winter temperatures can cause water to freeze. Use insulated bowls or replace water more frequently to prevent your pup from encountering icy surprises.
🚨 Notice Signs of Dehydration 🚨
Being aware of your dog's hydration is key, even when the temperature drops. Watch out for the below signs of dehydration. If you notice any of these signs, it's essential to take immediate action to ensure your pup stays properly hydrated.
- Dry or sticky gums
- Lethargy or weakness
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Sunken eyes
- Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
- Dark yellow urine
- Refusal to drink water
This winter, make hydration a priority for your furry friend. By recognizing the importance of staying hydrated in winter, understanding signs of dehydration, and incorporating these 5 practical tips, you can ensure your dog remains happy, healthy, and hydrated throughout the winter season.