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Heatwave What Food to Prioritize for Your Pet

Heatwave What Food to Prioritize for Your Pet

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In the summer, our pets also suffer from the heat. To help our furry friends cope with high temperatures, it’s important to consider their diet. However, be cautious not to vary their diet too much to avoid digestive issues!

Opt for Moist Food

Dry kibble can be dehydrating, so you can choose wet food options, which have a higher moisture content. They are composed of 70 to 80% water (compared to only 8 to 10% in dry kibble).

However, if your pet has a sensitive digestive system, switching to a wet food diet may be counterproductive if they’re not accustomed to it. A sudden change in diet can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. It’s best to moisten the dry kibble instead.

You can even add water-rich foods such as zucchinis, cucumbers, or carrots. However, certain vegetables should be avoided. For example, avocados contain persin, which can cause digestive and respiratory issues.

Specialized Ice Treats

You can also offer homemade ice treats to your pet. For a savory ice treat, freeze a low-fat vegetable broth with water in an ice mold and optionally add carrot cubes.

For a “sweet” ice treat, whip together water and unsweetened yogurt until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add a small amount of fruit pieces and freeze!

Watermelon and cantaloupe are well-liked options, and they provide a disguised way of hydrating your pet.

However, be cautious of dangerous fruits, such as grapes. “Even a small bunch of fresh grapes is toxic to a 10-kilogram dog, leading to digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea), followed by acute renal failure within one to three days after ingestion.”

And of course, don’t forget to provide a fresh (not icy) water bowl at all times for your pet, or preferably a water fountain, in multiple rooms of your home.

These are some great tips to enjoy a delicious summer with your family!

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- Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”