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It's Hot! Make Sure Your Pet is Hydrated

For many, July means a dip in the pool, barbecue cookouts and summer vacations. But the middle of summer also means the onset of dangerously hot temperatures that can easily soar into triple-digit territory.

It’s no coincidence that July - typically one of the hottest months of the year - is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month. Even more so than humans, dogs and cats are prone to dehydration this time of year as their sweat glands are primarily limited to their paws and do not work with the efficiency of our own sweat glands. 

Below are some signs of dehydration that a pet owner can recognize at home: 

  • Sticky, dry gums
  • Sunken eyes
  • Lethargy
  • Reduced appetite 

In order to increase your dog or cat’s water intake this summer, you can do one of the following:

  1. Ask your veterinarian about REBOUND® Recuperation Formula for Cats and REBOUND® Recuperation Formula for Dogs supplement that can help support hydration in your cat or dog.
    a. REBOUND RECUPERATION FORMULA FOR DOGS
    b. REBOUND RECUPERATION FORMULA FOR CATS
  2. Add a small amount of tuna or chicken broth to their water. 
  3. Give wet food instead of or in conjunction with their dry food. 
  4. Add a few ice cubes in their water bowls.

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Celebrate National Pet Hydration Awareness Month by ensuring your pet is always kept indoors or in a cool space on hot days!