By Robin Rhea, Senior Brand Manager
Every day we are bombarded with information about our health. It can be overwhelming but the repetition of key health information helps make the message stick. Eventually, the information sinks in and helps us make better choices that support our longevity.
For as much as we know about human health, pet health education doesn’t always get the same amount of press coverage. Yet we see more and more research and learnings that benefit both human and pet health. Universally healthy habits can be easier to adopt for our whole family yet, many of these are not discussed in parallel.
We found this to be true with hydration and daily water in-take for pets and people. As we have learned about how filtered water affects pet health, we saw similarities in human hydration needs. Proper hydration is critical and dehydration has serious and immediate health risks in humans and pets. However, most pet owners are unaware that their pet’s bodies are made up of a higher water percentage than their own human bodies.
Keeping pets hydrated is a simple habit that if can be an after-thought for many of us. Our pets need 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. Most pets don’t get enough water, especially during extreme temperatures.
This led us to declare July as National Pet Hydration Awareness Month. We are working hard to get the word out to pet owners everywhere to be aware of their pet’s water in-take and limit their exposure to extreme temperatures, especially in what is usually the hottest month across the US.
Be aware of the signs of dehydration. Keep freshly-filtered water available to your pets at all times so they are enticed to drink the proper amount of water. Each time you reach for your bottle of water to keep yourself healthy and hydrated, think of your pet. These furry guys depend on us for access to fresh water. This July, join PetSafe in our quest to bring more awareness to Pet Hydration.
How are you remembering to keep your pets hydrated this summer?