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Wet behind ears: How to keep dogs hydrated in summer?

According to calendars, summer started yesterday but humid temperatures have been running rampant throughout the east coast for the better part of June.
Summer brings with it those hot, humid and sticky days but more so an increased awareness on dehydration, something often overlooked by adults and parents alike who simply assume that part of summer is feeling tired, weak, exhausted and thirsty, most of which is viewed as temporary and hardly worth worrying about on a daily basis.
But dehydration can cause serious issues, and can lead to anything from fainting to nausea or vomiting. You should be drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day to stay hydrated even when you're not working or playing outside, so if you've engaged in walking, running, sports or something as simple as yard work you have to double that intake.
What most don't realize is that it takes your body about 2 to 3 days to acclimate to temperature if you've not been used to the heat.
So as much as you downplay the heat for yourself, imagine what happens when you forget about your dog.

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Sometimes man's best friend is forgotten to the point that your canine companion is panting up a storm beyond just being inside the house lapping up water after a walk. You have to pay close attention to your pup, including bringing that water on the road when you go on a walk or keeping them cool always if they stay outside for any length of time, just like you would for yourself.
Dog experts agree that you should have a portable water dish but also make sure you let your dog wade around in the pool (a small, baby pool will help), and consistent grooming for larger, longer haired dogs also is paramount.
The easy one that most don't overlook is the dog left in the car for an extended period of time. Most of the time, you'll see a window cracked but that won't prevent the temperature from hitting there three digit mark.
Your dog is like a family member, so keeping them cool in the summer months remains a priority but only if you recognize the warning signs and realize that the heat isn't something that isn't going to affect them, either.

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