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. MICHAEL CHEVILLOTJuly 12, 2022 at 3:50 pm


  2. Swimming and ice cre

  3. Lonnie VanderwiltJuly 12, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I always have a clean bowl of fresh water for my cats that I switch out twice a day. I want to be sure they have access to clean fresh water. I also started giving them wet cat food to increase their water intake during the hot summer.

  4. Because Roxy and I live in Florida and Summers are so incredibly hot, I have ice in our water at all times. Especially before and after we walk in the mornings, we drink plenty of water. We also have fresh fruit like watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries, everyday to stay hydrated.

  5. Bowls-bowls-bowls-bowls & more bowls of fresh water with ice cubes to enhance the quality. A bowl in the kitchen-1 in the addition & 1 in the dining room downstairs. Then one bowl upstairs in the living room & 1 in the bedroom is the formula for one very happy & hydrated dog!!

  6. We always clean and refill our dog’s water bowl twice a day, and we have a doggie door that they have access to where there is a lick-it-spicket that they love to drink from. Ice cubes are fun for them too!

  7. I have two Westies, sister girls, Daisy and Dolly. They are 11 years old. They are just adorable. Dolly recently has started a cough and the vet has put her on Lasixs for fluid build up. I am looking for vitamins and allergy supplements for my for babies. Soon I will also be looking for joint supplements. Dolly is also highly allergic to dirt mites , therefore she is prone to ear issues and the seasonal immune support I have her on seems to help.

  8. Yes. I always keep my fur baby cool with fresh, clean water with additive to keep her breath fresh! Be safe out there folks.

  9. We plan to always have a refrigerated cold water bottle available, as my boy Gunther enjoys drinking it from the slow stream I pour from the bottle! We also like going to the dog park that has a bunch of large streams running through it since he loves to swim; we even have a cheap, round, plastic kid’s pool set up next to our 16’ above ground pool so he can play & lay in his own little pool whenever we are in our backyard pool!

  10. I bring a collapsible water bowl during our walks and make sure my puppy gets plenty of water!

  11. Hot year round here. We have an indoor water fountain for the cats and plenty of fresh water sources outside. Ice cubes are common in the water bowl. And we know they call it a bird bath. but our cats prefer to use it as the “cat plunge pool” on hot days.

  12. We have “water stations” set up several places in the house and on the front porch. Each day they are changed and ice added. We even have a water station for the deer in the back and one for the squirrels
    In the front yard!

  13. I have water in every single room for better hydration for my kitties.

  14. stay in shaded areas even inside the home as heat during the afternoon warms up the house. Switching water every hour to let it stay fresh and adding some ice cubes. Move feeding into the bathroom area where it is cooler and having literbox access quicker as drinking more water can also make them urinate more. Cut down time being in the sun and avoid being outdoors when it’s hottest during the day between 11am-4pm.

  15. My dogs have always loved sharing popsicles with me. It’s a fun treat for both of us.

  16. Doggy Popsicles, nice breaks in the AC if we are outside in the yard alot.

  17. Doggy ice cream Popsicles

  18. I pan to add a drinking fountain that keeps running in our outdoor patio so that they will have fresh running water both inside and outside. They spend a lot of the day outside in the screen porch.

  19. Add additional water to his soft food which he is on due to having lost most of his teeth.

  20. I always have multiple water buckets out that are changed daily. Sometimes my silly dog will stick his whole head in to cool off 😊

  21. My cat, Kelsey, enjoys staying hydrated while she drinks from her Pet Fountain. The fountain continuously recirculates the water though a filter keeping it nice and fresh for her.

  22. My Mila loves her cold water!!! She gets so excited when she sees me grab the pitcher out of the fridge to fill her bowl up! I will add salmon oil to her food to help her skin and coat and she loves drinking water afterwards!

  23. 🐕🐈‍⬛ Got to keep the furry family hydrated during these HOT summer days! 🌞

  24. We just moved into our first home and added 3 kittens!! This weekend we are adopting a pup to welcome into the family. Still trying to get situated and make sure we have all the supplies needed to make our fur babies at home

  25. Sharron Zachry-WithersJuly 15, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    My Scott type American Bulldog, Rosie the Riveter LOVES eating ice cubes when it is hot outside! I also freeze watermelon, bananas, and pineapple for Rosie (and me) to snack on and stay hydrated. Pineapple is her favorite!! ♡

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