When the temperature rises, the risk of dehydration increases. While the best ways to prevent dehydration in dogs are to always provide plenty of water and keep your dog in a cool, comfortable place, taking extra measures to keep your dog's fluid levels up never hurts. This summer, make one of these tasty, hydrating dog treats, and feed them to your dog on hot days to encourage hydration.
Frozen Chicken and Veggie Bites
These frozen treats are super-hydrating, and they also contain many vitamin-packed veggies to keep your dog in good health. The sodium in the broth ensures that you're replacing not only water, but also electrolytes that your dog tends to lose in the heat. To make a batch, you will need:
- 1 1/2 cups canned chicken broth
- 1/4 cup cooked, shredded chicken
- 1/2 cup frozen or canned mixed veggies, cooked and cooled
Mix all of the ingredients together, and then divide the mixture between 6 small, plastic cups. Place the cups in the freezer until the mixture is frozen solid. This should take between 4 and 6 hours.
To feed these treats to your dog, simply place one in a bowl. Your dog will enjoy licking away at the melting treat and munching on the little bits of frozen chicken and veggies as they emerge.
Frozen Beef and Yogurt Tasties
If your dog is not a fan of vegetables, but you still want to feed something with plenty of nutrition, try these beef and yogurt treats. Yogurt is loaded with probiotics that are good for your dog's digestion and may help calm a sensitive stomach on a hot day. The beef broth provides hydration and electrolytes. You'll need:
- 1 ½ cups canned beef broth
- ½ cup plain, low fat yogurt
Divide the beef broth into 6 small containers. Then, using a spoon, place a small dollop of yogurt into each of the six cups. Do not stir – the yogurt will remain somewhat separate from the beef broth. Freeze the treats for 4—6 hours, and then serve them, one at a time, to your dog.
Even if you're doing all that you can to prevent dehydration in your dog, it's essential to know the signs of dehydration, just in case an accident happens. Dogs who are dehydrated will have sunken eyes, appear lethargic, suffer from a lack of appetite, and display dry mouths. If your dog appears dehydrated, get him or her to a cool spot, and offer plenty of room temperature water. If symptoms don't improve or your dog refuses to drink, contact your vet (like those at Markham vets), as IV fluids may be needed.