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A recent survey has revealed that 45 per cent of UK pet owners are not too sure on how much water to give their pets, and 70 per cent wouldn’t know how to tell if their pets were dehydrated. The survey, which was conducted for a pet product company, also found 50 per cent of dog owners believe that panting is a sign of dehydration….which isn’t the case. Panting is in fact a method for dogs to cool themselves down and regulate their body temperature. True signs of dehydration include sunken eyes, lethargy, skin losing elasticity, loss of appetite, dry mouth, gums and nose.
According to pet owners the list of top things that their pets like to drink include puddle water and Tea, with 23 percent of dogs and 15 per cent of cats regularly enjoying a cuppa. A quarter of cats also drank milk with owners wrongly believing it was good for them.
Other results included in the survey show that 40 per cent of owners do not take water for their pets on long walks or car journeys.
David Chamberlain, veterinary consultant, said: “The results show pet owners need to become more savvy when it comes to hydrating their pets and the types of liquids they allow their pets to drink. He added: “Simple measures such as taking water on long journeys and ensuring the pets have access to water after activity can make a big difference. It isn’t advisable to let pets drink puddle water, or even tea, and if they get enough water they shouldn’t need to go looking for drinks such as these”.
If dehydration in a dog goes unnoticed and they become ill, they will usually require veterinary attention to return their hydration to normal levels, which would be a costly procedure unless your dog is covered by an insurance policy.