With the heat wave dangling over our heads, dehydration and heat strokes become a reason for worry. Both humans and their dogs have to avoid peak summer hours and drink a lot of fluids. But what do you do when you have a super picky companion that won’t accept plain drinking water? We have some tips and healthy fluid options ready for you.
Whey water is the fluid the separates from the milk when you make cottage cheese (paneer). Next time you keep aside whey water for yourself, save a little for your pooch as well. It is full of electrolytes and provides for a source of easily digestible protein. Most dogs that turn their noses for simple water will happily gulp a cup of whey water. So, do make sure to try it out.
This is another super summer fluid. Cold coconut water is a favourite among many dogs. It is light on their stomach and prevent them from getting de-hydrated. Try giving them coconut water once every two weeks, they will love you for it.
Chicken (Any Meat) Broth
So, this is a pooch favourite! You can give them meat broth anytime in the year- summer, winter, spring autumn- you name it! They will gobble it up like their life depended on it. Make sure the broth is unsweetened and free of human spices. They only thing that should flavour the broth is the meat. During the summers, dilute it with cold water. They will not know the difference.
Good Old Water!
Yes, we can’t complete this list without mentioning plain, simple water. Most dogs need an extra push to drink water during the summers. We do this by adding more fluid in their food. Plain unflavoured ice encourages them to drink water. As they play and lick the ice they also ingest huge portions of water. Make sure their water bowl always has fresh cold water and try to sneak it into the other fluids you give them throughout the day.
We hope these tips were helpful. Indian summers can be harsh, so avoid long walks when the sun is overhead. You can play new and interesting indoor games to keep your dogs mentally and physically entertained and satisfied. Make sure you incorporate these healthy fluids in their life so that the dreaded summer passes by like a breeze.