Is my Shihtzu, Mini Dachshund or Border Terrier drinking enough in hot weather?
As the weather heats up, it’s really important to keep your dogs healthy and hydrated. Thanks to the lovely Smudge (who is really part Shihtzu and part Lhasa Apso!) from Scrumbles natural pet foods and also the lovely @iris_ivy_violet_mini_sausages for letting us use their photos!
On average, the above breeds weigh around 6kg so on cool days, they should be drinking roughly 300ml per day. On a warmer day, this increases by 50% to 450ml of water or just under a bowl of water.
If your dog weighs a little more or a little less than 6kg, the rule of thumb is that they should drink 50ml/kg bodyweight on a cool day or 75ml on a warm day*
Remember dogs are 80% water (vs humans who are 60% water) so a dog can dehydrate fast – particularly as two out of three dogs don’t drink the vet recommended amount of water per day**.
The key signs of heat stroke are:
- panting heavily
- drooling excessively
- becoming distressed
- appearing drowsy, lethargic or uncoordinated
By the time you’ve spotted signs of dehydration, it’s already very serious as this can cause serious organ damage and even death. If you see sunken eyes, dry gums, lethargy, weakness, collapse and loss of skin elasticity, you should contact your vet immediately.
How do Slurps work?
If your dog doesn’t drink enough or can be fussy when they’re out and about, Slurps can help. Made from all natural ingredients and high omega 3 fish oils, they are super tasty so dogs lap them up.
Just pour over food or give to them as a drink between meals. (Don’t add to water). Some people even make Slurps into ice cubes!
If you’d like to order Slurps, please click HERE for our most popular mixed pack.
**Slurps research 150 dogs.