Summer is finally here and that means hotter days and more time spent outdoors. It also means paying closer attention to our dogs to make sure they are drinking enough water.
Paaaant. Pant, pant, pant, pant. Dogs regulate their body temperature via water evaporation and a process known as vasodilation (basically pumping blood to the body surface for cooling). Both processes require the dog to increase their rate of breathing (or panting) which significantly increases their need for water.
As a general rule, dogs should always have access to unlimited fresh, filtered, water (yes, filtered water) and that is even more important in the summer when temperatures rise.
Filtered water for dogs: bougie or essential? So why is filtered water important for dogs? After the horrible events in Flint, Michigan, the obvious reason for filtering water is to reduce the presence of heavy metals like lead in the water we drink. Just like humans, dogs can suffer serious health problems if they are exposed to heavy metals in high concentrations or lower concentrations for extended periods of time.
Another, less obvious, reason to filter water is that most public utilities add inorganic compounds like fluoride and chlorine to their water, which may actually be bad for our dogs. Studies on humans have shown that consumption of fluoride may be linked to osteosarcoma, better known as bone cancer. Chlorine is added to help purify the water and has been shown to kill good gut bacteria, which our dogs need for healthy digestion and to help maintain their immune system.
Okay, if you’re like us here at C+R HQ, you probably don’t have easy access to filtered water near your dog’s water bowl (or you have a painfully slow water filter on your fridge like we do, UGH).
To make our lives easier, we bought a water filter pitcher and keep it filled on the counter near the water bowl. We really like ZeroWater filters because they remove 99% of solids in water, like fluoride and Chlorine.
Signs that your dog has had too much fun in the sun. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke in dogs can cause serious, permanent, damage, and even death. So be on the lookout this summer for signs your dog has had too much fun in the sun. Obvious signs of heat exhaustion are collapse or extended periods of excessive panting. Less obvious signs are redness of their gums and reduced urine production. If you notice any of these signs or suspect your dog may have suffered heat stroke, do your best to cool your dog (spraying cool water on them can help), and contact your veterinarian.
Have an amazing summer and get outside with your pup!
For the CARE+LOVE of dogs, The nutrition team at COAST+RANGE