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. Our 3 dogs love ice water. We have bowls inside and outside. When they get really hot, they can jump into the river in our backyard.

  2. We keep multiple sources of water available around the house for our boys. We live in the desert and it’s just plain hot at this time of year, so we make sure they always have plenty of water!

  3. Rochelle SchanuelJuly 19, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Reggie my Yorkie is 12 years old but think’s he is a puppy. He jumps up and down so high when he sees someone. He loves the delivery men cause they give him treats. I put ice cubes in his very large water bowl to keep him cool.
    He has no teeth so he laps his water sideways.

  4. Plenty of fresh water. We also stay indoors a lot when it is too hot. We have a water bottle that my dogs love to use. They drink way more water out of that.

  5. I have three cats and they love to be out on our porch. It can get very warm/hot out there so I make sure they have plenty of fresh water available out on the porch and in our house. They love the water bowl. They not only drink from it put stick their paws in it to clean themselves.

  6. Me and my pooch live on a boat. It can be tough at times getting him to drink. We do what we can and always try to stay hydrated.

  7. Michele WilliamsJuly 20, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    I keep my 79 lb bulldog fur baby hydrated with plenty of water in different ways. Of course his bowl water but he also loves his veggies- string beans, cucumbers (seeds removed), broccoli, etc. He also gets moisture from blueberries and strawberries. He gets water when I add it to his hydrated fish meal. Gotta keep my baby happy and healthy!
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  8. Our Yorkie, Ana, loves ice cubes. She will sometimes take one and roll around on it or lick it til it’s time for another. Her way of cooling off. We have an auto water bowl so she gets fresh water everyday. We add ice cubes on extra hot days.

  9. My two furbabies love ice cubes in their water dish. One pokes the cube out and plays with it til it melts! The other one just watches!

  10. Bowls of water everywhere! Inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs, and bunny rabbits get frozen water bottles to lay near to keep them cool.

  11. As hot as it gets here in Florida, we limit our dog’s outdoor activities to several short time periods throughout the day. Water is always accessible to her and is periodically refreshed.

  12. Michelle LewandowskiJuly 21, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    The old lady gets short trips outside and there are multiple water bowls in my house!

  13. My dog, Tommy, and I are both water lovers. We plan to bring a 32oz water bottle and bowl for Tommy everywhere we go. We have also been looking for shady spots to hang out in.

  14. We are just hanging around the house! It’s so hot here in TX!

  15. Brandi LindstromJuly 22, 2022 at 1:31 am

    We both drink lots of cold water from our water dispenser

  16. Staying cool with lawn sprinklers!

  17. Spending time in the water

  18. My pup stays hydrated and cool in summer because he is a water dog that loves to swim. He has water bowls all over to use also.

  19. My Sammy loves ice cubes! Every time he hear the ice maker dropping ice he is right there to get one or two. He thinks they are treats!

  20. I have multiple water dishes for my cats. Two in the house and one on the catio.

  21. We keep a water bowl filled for our chijack pup at all times in the house. When we go out, we bring an empty plastic container w/lid in the car and we pack a water bottles for each person and one for him too! We pour his water into the plastic container and refill as needed. It has a lid in case he doesn’t drink all his water before we move on to the next activity. When the heat index is super high, we keep walks short when it’s hottest and hydrate well when we get in.

  22. Chico plays hard and loves fetching. He loves a big helping of crisp, cold water after his play sessions.

  23. With 3 dogs and an unknown number of cats I am extremely conscious of their water bowl levels in this heat. Several years ago I lived in the desert in CA I resorted to putting wet burlap over animal cages w/doors open to keep mother cats and kittens cool.
    I love PetMeds products for fleas is more reasonably priced than anywhere else.

  24. We have three cats in door and 4 cats in the barn. everyday twice a day they all get fresh cold water and milk. they are very spoiled meow’s. I love them bunches oh and of course they get treats also besides there feed.

  25. Our Doggy loves ice cubes in her water bowl. She loves sitting and crunching them up.
    She also loves the hose out back.. Giving her squirts from the hose and cooling her off.

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