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Water is the one thing that no living being can do without. It’s especially important to our pets. Not drinking enough water can result in lots of health problems for our dogs and cats.

This is why we’re helping PetSafe® celebrate National Pet Hydration Month this July. They not only understand the importance of water, they help make it safe for our pets. As you know if you read PetsWeekly, Drinkwells is our preferred way to make desert water a little more appealing to our pets. Since we’ve used pet fountains in our home, we have virtually eliminated urinary stones and crystals in our cats, and UTIs in our dogs.

“Our pets need one ounce of water per pound of bodyweight each day,” said Willie Wallace, CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand. “Proper hydration plays a big role in a pet’s health, and can save pet parents a trip to their vet’s office.”


As anyone who has had a cat knows, making them drink enough water can be more than a little challenging. The truth is, the more they drink, the less likely the chances they’ll develop urinary tract infections and disease.

Water intake can also help us regulate our body temperature, increase energy levels and convert fat to energy. Increasing your water (and your pets’ water intake) can help decrease recovery time after an illness or surgery.

Symptoms of Dehydration in Pets
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Lack of energy
  • Excessive and ongoing panting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sunken, dry eyes
  • Dry and sticky gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity (when pulled or moved, the skin will not go back to its original place)

If you feel your pets may be dehydrated, it’s important to get them into a veterinarian so they can administer subcutaneous fluids.

Here's a helpful video that shows you how to check if your pet is dehydrated.

Ways to Keep Your Pet Hydrated

1.Make sure water tastes good

Cats in particular are hypersensitive to many of the agents we use to make water safe. This includes chlorine. If cats sense these chemicals, they will likely decrease their water intake. This is why it's very important to purify your pet's water supply. Petsafe makes doing so very easy!


2. Make water appealing.

This is done by mimicking a natural source of water. That might be a waterfall or a river or a fountain. Moving water makes it more appealing to the majority of pets.


3. Offer many choices of water.

Set up multiple areas for your pets to drink. You wouldn't believe how picky they can be! We have Drinkwells around our home in nearly every room. The easier you make it for them to drink, the more they will drink. Here are a few of our favorite Drinkwells fountains:

  • PetSafe Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain – We're trying this one out now and so far it's a huge hit! Boasting a trendy, cutting-edge design and 100-oz. water capacity, this fountain is great for pets of all sizes or multiple pet households and was also featured on DIY Network’s Blog Cabin Mountain Retreat 2015.
  • PetSafe Current Pet Fountain – This is a really basic model available in three different sizes – 40 oz., 80 oz. or 120 oz. – this fountain is an affordable option for providing your pet with a constant source of fresh, filtered water.
  • PetSafe Drinkwell Avalon Pet Fountain – This fountain holds 70 ozs of water in a ceramic design that looks great in any home! Don't forget to check your filters - this is an easy one to clean!
  • PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum® Pet Fountain – We love this one and it's the one you'll find in many different water stations throughout our home. Made of BPA-free plastic, this fountain holds 168 ounces of fresh, filtered water and features a free-flowing water stream with adjustable flow, which entices pets to drink more.
  • PetSafe Drinkwell Everflow Indoor/Outdoor Pet Fountain – Best for large dogs or dogs who tend to splash water, this fountain holds 1.5 gallons of water and can also be used outdoors by connecting it to a standard garden hose.
  • PetSafe Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Fountain – We haven't tried this one yet, but you can hook it up directly to your hose! Made with high-impact UV-resistant plastic, this durable fountain holds 3.5 gallons of water and can be placed inside the home or outdoors when temperatures are above 40°F.

Learn more about water safety on our site or by visiting Petsafe - they've even created a handy infographic for you!

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Author: stacymantle
About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.

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