When a dog gets hot, his body loses water faster. Part of it is lost by the feet (sweat) and a good majority is lost by the panting of which we spoke. The more heavy a dog's pants, the more water is lost.
For this reason, a Pug at any time of the year is at risk of dehydration. However, in summer, in hot weather, the risk is higher than ever. Snowball, cute little puppy named Carlin Snowball, Photo courtesy of May Grew Even a simple loss of water of 2% will cause a slight dehydration, which imposes an additional load on the body. It may soon be spiraling for a Pug. He is a little weaker. He reacts a little more slowly. Its concentration is slightly affected.
This in turn causes more difficulties with the management of summer temperatures ... and he can do nothing more than gasp more, which makes him lose even more water. So, as you can see, this can be a vicious circle and the best thing you can do to avoid this problem is to make sure that your Pug drinks enough that this problem does not develop. How much water does a pug dog need in the summer?
The amount will vary depending on the exact temperature, its activity level, the type of food it eats and its size. Normally, a dog needs 8.5 to 17 ounces for every 10 pounds of body weight. In summer this usually increases by 10%.Pug weight in pounds / Daily water quantity in summer 5 pounds: up to 9.5 ounces (1.18 cup) 10 pounds: up to 18.7 ounces (2.33 cups) 15 pounds: up to at 28.05 ounces (3.50 cups) 20 pounds: up to 37.4 ounces (4.67 cups)
So, as you can see if your adult adult Pug is active enough in the summer, he may have need about 5 cups of water to stay well hydrated. Fortunately, he does not need to drink all this because water can be ingested in other ways. Here are some tips for drinking in general:
1. In the summer, the water may not stay as cool as it otherwise would be, especially if the bowl is placed where the sun is shining. You may want to block this sun through a shadow and take care to clean and refresh the bowl of water more often.
2. Bring a container of canine water with you when you leave the house with your Pug. Choose one that keeps the water cold (you can also add some ice cubes) and the type of lid used for the drinking bowl is useful (less to wear). Stop every 10 to 15 minutes and give your Carlin a break and a drink.
3. Offer fresh or frozen fruits with a high water content. Watermelons and strawberries are safe for dogs and contain 92% water. Blueberries and raspberries are also safe for dogs and contain 87% water. These can be given as snacks and / or mixed in the main meals of your Pug.
4. If your pug needs extra encouragement, a canine fountain can work very well. The moving water attracts a dog to study and the filter offers the bonus of clean water.
5. Ice cubes are also a good method. Teething pups are excellent with these medications because they help relieve sore gums, but dogs of all ages will enjoy cheating on ice for pleasure, taste and cooling. If you give it to your Pug on a slippery floor, you will also have fun watching it hunt!
You can scent the ice by mixing water with apple juice (100% pure) and then freezing it in an ice cube tray.
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