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Monday, July 30, 2018
 July is national pet hydration month. If you didn’t know, now you do! And even though July is almost over, the hot weather will continue. Proper hydration is just as important for humans as it is for pets. While water only makes up 60 percent of an adult human body, for animals, water makes up about 80 percent of their bodies. For both humans and dogs, however, proper hydration is critical to avoid serious health concerns.

According to Pet Safe, your pet needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight. That means a 50-pound dog needs at least 50 ounces of water. And 50 ounces of water is equal to about three plastic bottles of water. But, if you’re wondering how to meet your pets’ hydration needs, we’ve provided tips below on the different ways to ensure your furry friend is properly hydrated.

If you’re hitting the road, fill up reusable water bottles at home.

Before you head on your road trip, fill up reusable water bottles with clean water right from your tap. This way when you stop during your trip you’ll already have clean drinking water with you.

Also, don’t forget to bring a travel water bowl.

If you’re traveling this summer and plan on spending a lot of time on the road, bring a water dish for your pet. You can use those water bottles you filled up at home to hydrate your pet while on the road.

When you’re not on the road, wet the pet food.

Dry pet foods only provide a small amount of hydration for your pet. Your pet does not have as many opportunities to hydrate by eating dry food. But you can add water to pet food and re-hydrate the food. This method is also beneficial for pets that don’t drink much out of water bowls.

Let’s work together to keep our furry friends hydrated!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer is a great time to take a break from the day-to-day routine and surround yourself with loved ones. Many of your breaks, “stay-cations” or vacations this summer will probably revolve around water. Your vacation might include a pool, lake, beach or a water park, but there are also other ways water can be a part of your vacation. Check out the tips below for information on how to keep water in mind before and during your vacation.

Before your vacation starts:
•Set your sprinklers on a timer system to keep your yard in good shape before you leave. And while you’re at it remember to plan out a watering schedule for your plants. Some plants may need more water than others. Ask around for neighbors or friends willing to water your plants while you’re away.

•If you have any animals you plan to leave at home, make sure they have access to fresh water daily. This is where having a willing neighbor or friend comes in handy. The same neighbor or friend watering your plants, can see about your four-legged family member also.

•Ensure that your pool is full before you leave. If your pool has an automatic pump this will help the motor run smoothly while you are gone.

•Check your faucets for leaks before you leave.

During the drive or plane ride:
•Bring a reusable water bottle with you. Anytime you stop, refill the bottle and stay hydrated.

•Eat fruits and vegetables along the way. Fruits and vegetables contain plenty of water and can be a delicious way to stay hydrated.

During the trip:
•Keep that reusable water bottle with you and keep it clean. Refill your bottle whenever you can and drink plenty of water.

•And lastly, have fun!

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