28 Jun Hot Dogs | Summer & Dehydration
Dog beer. It’s a thing. A quick pop into your local supermarket will confirm the rumors you may have already seen on social media. This summer “man’s best friend” can kick back, lay in the sunny backyard and enjoy a pint of “Malt Licker” or “Session Squirr-ale” and kiss dehydration goodbye. Sounds wild?
A fact, just as wild as dog beer, is that we can easily forget to provide enough water to our best friends during hot summer days. Unlike people, dogs can’t sweat to regulate their body temperature. Fresh water is essential for dogs all year long, but in the summertime it’s a matter of life and death. All dogs, no matter what the breed, age, and length of body hair, are prone to heatstroke. And heatstroke is life threatening to all beer drinkers — two and four-legged.
Say NO to heatstroke
Water, salts and minerals. This combo fights against dehydration like nothing else. But life happens; your dog knocks over the water bowl while you’re gone for the day, dirt and sand mixes with the drinking water left outside on the back porch, your dog is too tired or too occupied to seek out drinks. Soon you’ll notice your happy camper is feeling a bit off. Dehydration is a common, unwanted visitor for many animals, especially during hot summer days (and nights).
So, what are the common symptoms for dehydration?
- Dry or sticky gums
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Sunken eyes
- Dry nose
- Loss of appetite
- Reduced energy levels
Unsure if your dog is showing symptoms of dehydration? Try these two quick and simple tests at home:
- Gently lift the skin on your dog’s neck. How long does it take for the skin to spring back after release? Well hydrated skin will bounce back instantly. In case of dehydration, the skin will return slowly.
- Do your dog’s gums feel dry and sticky? It may be a sign of dehydration.
When to worry?
Remember that dehydration often occurs following fever, diarrhea and/or vomiting. Providing your dog with fresh water and additional electrolytes when necessary helps to move the body’s nutrients and oxygen to its cells. Proper hydration also helps to lubricate joints, preventing problems with mobility. Think of your dog’s drinking water as the oil that keeps his motor going.
When has calling your vet ever been a bad idea? A lot of the clinics offer consultations over the phone and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Your vet can test for dehydration by blood and urine samples and administer fluids either intravenously or subcutaneously (under the dog’s skin). Fluid loss will be resolved far more quickly and efficiently, and electrolytes can be added to stabilize electrolyte levels.
How can Aptus help?
Though Aptus hasn’t added a dog beer selection to our lineup, we do have products that can help prevent your dog from going through dehydration and heatstroke. In case of mild dehydration, use Aptus Sport X (https://www.aptuspet.com/product/aptus-sport-x/) or Nutrisal (https://www.aptuspet.com/product/aptus-nutrisal/) to restore hydration and electrolyte balance. You can mix the powders with your dog’s food or water, but always keep plain, fresh water available as well. Most dogs love the taste, but we’re all unique and some are pickier than others!
Now go and enjoy the summer with your best friend! And although we’re not going to make any recommendations as to what the best dog beer is, we will suggest that you take a look at the short “Dog Owner’s Checklist” below to help keep your pooch healthy and happy this summer.
Hot Dog’s Checklist:
- Oil your dog’s motor! Have fresh, clean water available at all times.
- Chillax! It’s better not to exercise during the hottest time of the day.
- Who needs beer? Spoil your dog with Sport X sports drink! Enjoy after hard play or exercise, in a nice, cool shade on a hot day.
- Stay balanced! Nutrisal maintains your dog’s fluid balance, rehydrates, and restores lost electrolytes.
- Boiler room alert! Never, ever, leave your dog alone in a parked car.