Keeping Pets Hydrated With “Water You Up To This Summer” Giveaway

In the summer heat, cats and dogs are at greater risk of dehydration. To help pet parents keep their four-legged family members quenched, PetMeds is giving away summer prize packs to 3 lucky winners.

With summer officially in full swing, many pet parents are spending more time outdoors with their pets. Just like people, pets need to drink more water in hot weather to stay cool. Dogs pant when they’re hot, and their body cools down as moisture evaporates from their tongue. Cats cope with the heat by grooming more often. These processes cause them to lose body fluids when they’re overheated even though they do not sweat.

During cooler months, cats and dogs need to drink between one-half and one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. In the summer, they may need two or even three times more water to stay hydrated.

On hot days spent outdoors, pet parents should stop periodically to check for signs of dehydration, which include pale, sticky gums, a rapid heart rate, and loss of skin elasticity, which can be tested by gently tenting the skin at the nape of the neck. If the skin does not bounce back once released, the pet may be dehydrated.

Dehydration in pets can lead to digestive issues, urinary tract problems, and even heat stroke. It’s important to offer pets water before they show signs of dehydration to keep them healthy and comfortable in the summer.

Cats and dogs should have constant access to cool, fresh water. Their bowl should be washed and refilled daily. On road trips or during outdoor activities, they should be offered water every hour or two.

Dogs and cats don’t always drink enough water even if it’s available to them. They also need moisture in their diet, which pet parents can provide by soaking kibble in water or switching to canned food.

Pet parents are invited to enter the “Water You Up To This Summer” Giveaway for a chance to win a prize bundle with TropiClean Fresh Breath Water Additives and Snack Duo Collapsible Water Bowl – or the grand prize, a Pet Fountain by leaving a comment below

The “Water You Up To This Summer” Giveaway runs from July 1, 2022, through July 29, 2022. Everyone who enters from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) July 1, 2022, to July 29, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET is eligible to win. One winner will be notified every other Friday in July (7/8 and 7/22). The grand prize winner will be notified Friday, July 29th.

Win A Summer Hydration Prize From PetMeds®!
What are you up to this Summer? Let us know below how you and your pet plan to stay hydrated this Summer, and you could win a FREE Summer Hydration Prize from PetMeds®! A winner will be chosen at random Every other Friday in July (7/8 and 7/22), so everyone who participates has a chance to win! The grand prize winner will be chosen July 29th. There will be a total of three (3) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!   

Congrats to our 1st Winner Jeffrey Greene in Arizona, our 2nd Winner Ernie Johnson in New York, and our Grand Prize Winner Joyce Giandolfi in Florida Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but be sure to join us in celebrating DOGust and International Cat Day.

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  1. I’m Anna, and was rescued as a kitten 🐈‍⬛ in a bitter cold January winter n PA. My “folks” saved my life taking me into their cozy home, where I am loved and also have a “brother” cat 🐈 named Jackson who they adopted . So, we always have fresh water from our ceramic dish and from our German shepherd’s big stainless steel bowl. We are not hungry or thirsty anymore.

  2. My 2 dogs love 💕 ice cubes when they are thirsty. They bark at the water bowl so I’ll stop what I’m doing and put ice cubes in the water bowl.

  3. Oakley loves dipping his paws into water we find along trail walks!

  4. i clean and fill a GIANT water bowl every day for my 3 thirsty doggies. They refuse to drink it if there are ice cubes in it, so I just serve it right from the tap.

  5. My name is Phoenix. My owner named me that due to I faced death and won! 8 yrs ago when I was still just about 6 weeks old we were going through a bad hurricane here in North Carolina. There was flooding everywhere. I was curious and looking at the flood waters roaring by and fell in. I was holding on to a little vine to stay above the water and not get washed downstream. My real mother Daisy was barking and ran to the neighbors house and got his attention. When he saw the scenario I was in he yelled for a dipping net but the vine broke and under I went and into the culvert running under the road.He didn’t even think twice about his safety and dove in the nasty flood waters and rescued me. He became my new owner a few days later and my new best friend!! So to keep cool he bought me a small child’s wading pool. And he even sits in it with me. I’m a beautiful Blue French Bulldog. And I get hot easy being a dark color so I need all the help I can get staying cool in the summer.

  6. My indoor cat loves to drink from the bathroom sink faucet as well as his water fountain especially if ice cubes are added.

  7. My dog loves playing in the water and with squirt guns. We also make ice cube frozen treats.

  8. Christina Gail PearceJuly 28, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Playing in the sprinklers and Catching the water is one way to get a little extra hydration

  9. Keeping the babies cool during this summer heat isn’t easy. We have two cats and a dog . Keeping them cool isn’t easy. Just frequent bowls of water and the cats love to drink out of the sink.

  10. i have the air on and fans in the house, fresh cold water in all of our rooms. and a lightly damp rag to whip our squiggy

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