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. There are water fountains and a hand pump throughout the park, so we take a collapsible bowl. He drinks several bowlfuls of water through the day inside He also enjoys eating veggies and fruit when I am preparing them for myself.

  2. Cheryl MontgomeryJuly 2, 2022 at 10:10 am

    We usually sit outside in the spring, summer and fall and we have water on each of our decks and now we have a misting stand for our dog to run under to get cooled off in the summer heat.

  3. My family and our 3 cats stay cool and comfy by staying insude when it’s too hot and because we have health conditions , we mostly play inside when not relaxing in the yard. Plenty of water all around and fans going inside.

  4. Sadie and Athena are having a fun summer chasing birds and squirrels in their back yard while I do my yard work early mornings. We come inside for rest and water every 30 minutes. Their dog room has a window unit AC which also helps.

  5. I sit outside and let them play. I keep bowls of fresh water for them to drink any time they want it. They love chasing birds and squirrels. I also keep an automatic water feeder in the house for them.

  6. Multiple cat family, with endless fosters. I just keep water, water, everywhere, replaced multiple times a day.

  7. I always carry bottled water and foldable cup with me when we go anywhere. When walking outside, I put vlip it on my pants. I don’t take my girls out when the sun is the hottest, go out early am or late pm. I walks make sure the water bowl has fresh water, check it several times a day. I also add water to their food.

  8. Catherine T SturmJuly 2, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    I walk them in the yard long enough for them to do their business, and if I feel it’s too hot to stay out and play or explore, I bring them inside and fill the water bowl with cool, refreshing water and ice cubes.

  9. our goofy cats each have a coffee cup of water on the floor in our kitchen. Go firgue

  10. I use a fountain for the cats because it encourages them to drink. I also use distilled water to help prevent kidney disease.

  11. They have fresh water both inside and outside the house and if we go somewhere, the doggies have their own water bottles as well.

  12. There’s always fresh water available at home, but I’ve been bringing bottled water with me when taking my dog to the local dog park. They temporarily shut down the water they had available there due to COVID, so now I’ve gotten in the habit of being prepared just in case something like that should happen again.

  13. Melissa MckinstryJuly 3, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Our dog has a food/water station downstairs, he recently had surgery so I tried a travel bowl of water upstairs but he wouldn’t use it lol.

  14. My 2 feline babies and myself will be staying cool inside during these brutally hot summer days.

  15. When taking my pups out for walks, I take a water bottle with a collapsible bowl and make sure they are hydrated.

  16. We always have fresh and cool water available!

  17. We have water in every room and take extra water everywhere we go! It’s super hot here. We make sure we don’t go until Daisy drinks!

  18. Jeffrey Greene DDSJuly 4, 2022 at 10:04 am

    portable water bowl and fresh cold water makes for a needed and refreshing treat on the walk

  19. Linda ScotellaroJuly 5, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Our dog, Myla, cools off from the summer heat by taking a dip in the pool along with having a full cold water bowl!

  20. i always bring a collapsible bowl and limit our time outside on very hot days.

  21. At home they have the water, an outside water bowl, a swimming pool and they love the hose and the sprinklers! On the trail we carry water bottles and a dish.

  22. I am the water girl for my team of pets! Indoor and outdoor water bowls and constant rinsing and refreshing the water. They drink from the bowls but also when I’m running water in the sink, the cats love drinking directly from the faucet. I would love to win a fountain for them!!

  23. Do all the basics. Seek shade, walk during coolest part of the day and bring chilled bottle of water. Take shorter walks with plenty of breaks.

  24. Have water bowls placed out daily all over house/ cool wet face cloth and wipe down repeatedly daily. Followed by brushing and fluff air dry coat. took a few times but my cat loves this.

  25. We are always mindful of how much water our puppy has especially when outdoors and never leave the house without it! Our dog park has faucets available too!

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