Wags & Whiskers Wednesday (#18)

Happy first Wednesday in June!

Man-oh-man!  Summer is here!  (And before you lecture us, yes…we know that technically summer doesn’t start for another 2 weeks.)  I made the mistake of looking at my weather app yesterday while out with the dogs – 99 degree might as well be 119 degrees when you are out in the sun all day.  Thank goodness for my giant jug of ice water.

But how much water do dogs need on the daily?  It seems a good rule of thumb is 1/2 – 1 ounce of water per pound of dog.  (8 ounces = 1 cup)  In this insane heat, dehydration can often be a problem.  How the heck to you tell if your pup is dehydrated?  Two signs of dehydration are a dry nose and poor skin elasticity (pinch the skin on the back of the neck/between the shoulder blades – if it doesn’t snap back into place immediately that means your pooch is in serious need of some H2O) Of course, as with all animals (human or canine), the most important thing to be aware of is any major change in water consumption.  This could be a sign of any number if issues…and you should call your vet right away.

And that’s your pup health lesson of the day.  Enough with the education…let’s see some cute pictures!

Loki – poster girl for proper dog hydration!

Cal….I’m not sure you are supposed to DRINK that!

“How am I going to drink all of this?” –Buffy

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