We are all aware of the blistering summer sun that shines so radiantly in Pakistan and triumphantly makes us feel as if we are perpetually in a sauna that we cannot escape. Most households in Pakistan have indoor or outdoor pets that feel even hotter than we do. The following are ways to prevent dehydration in the most common pets:
Dogs: Overexposure to the sun or heat can result in dehydration in dogs. To prevent this, make sure you have a large bowl of fresh, clean water always available both indoors and outdoors. If you live in a larger house, place two or three bowls in different parts of your home. It will also be helpful to construct a sheltered area for your dog for when it is outside.
Cats: If you feed your cat purely dry food, it is incredibly important to supply it with clean water every day.Canned cat food contains up to 80% water while dry food only has about 12% and hence, canned food may be a better alternative. A cat should drink as many millilitres of water as the kilocalories consumed. Apart from lack of access to water, fever and vomiting can also cause dehydration. In order to prevent this, visit your vet if you think your cat is sick.
Birds: For pet birds, ensure that clean water is available at all times. Adding honey to their drinking water may prompt birds to drink more water as well. Fluid replacement products such as Pedialyte can also be purchased to prevent dehydration.
Rabbits: Misting their ears with cool water can prevent heat stroke and dehydration in rabbits. Keep them out of the direct sunlight with an ample supply of clean water, and give them foods that have a high water content such as watermelon. If you keep your rabbits outdoors, put small stones, frozen water bottles or marble tiles to provide them with a cool place to lie on.