Message Us

Tips for Keeping Our Pets Hydrated During the Summer

By CathyCBennett. | Dog Health

The days of Summer are quickly approaching. The correct amount of H2O is vital to our pet’s health and well-being - especially during those sizzling, smoldering warmer months.

In some regions, once summer is in full swing, many pet parents will be forced to adjust their daily routines a bit just to avoid the extreme heat.

Living in the Southeast, when our heat index begins to rise, our morning walks are much earlier and last longer. Early exercise allows me to keep my two Goldendoodles, Harley and Jaxson, inside during the middle of the day. Ball playing and other outdoor activities resume right before dusk after the pavement cools down.

I try to encourage more water consumption to maintain proper hydration. But first I needed to learn how to calculate the proper amount for their individual size and weight.


The amount of water your dog needs depends on several factors:

  • size
  • diet
  • age
  • activity level
  • season

For healthy dogs - 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day.

Leaning towards the higher number, calculations for my 70 lb Goldendoodle multiplied by 1 ounce equals 70 ounces or close to 9 cups per day.

If my math is correct, I'm in big trouble, because I doubt seriously if Jaxson consumes that much water every day.

Perhaps 3/4 ounce is closer to reality equaling approx. 6.5 cups of water every day.


To be honest, I always thought (like humans) dogs instinctively knew how much water their bodies required. My assumption was - as long as I kept clean, fresh water in the bowls at all times, they would drink precisely the amount necessary.

Not always the case. While some dogs do, many dogs DON'T drink enough or they drink too much.

Dr. Karen Becker offers help for those Over or Under-Drinkers.

A change in the amount of water consumption can also be an indicator of an underlying illness. Drastic shifts from their normal drinking habits may warrant a veterinarian visit to rule out certain serious conditions.


Spending time outdoors in the summer is always a great source of fun. We just have to be careful before heading out into the sun with our dogs.

Here are few tips that will help keep them hydrated and cool:

  • Carry water wherever you go - I’m armed with cold water and pet travel cups, so I am able to accommodate them whenever necessary.
  • Add additional water bowls - during the warmer months, I place another water bowl upstairs in the bathroom. If they see it - perhaps they’ll drink from it.
  • Use ice cubes - always fun to have ice cubes in a water bowl outside. We place one on the front porch - they both love to bob for the ice and play in the water - it’s a mess, but they actually consume a decent water - especially after a walk.


There are other ways to hydrate your system. Fruits (and veggies) contain large amounts of water in proportion to their weight.

My Boys love my homemade green smoothies.

Fresh fruits and veggies are plentiful once the weather’s warm. They’re super sweet and chock full of vitamins, natural sugars and nutrients. Together we produce (pun intended) a variety of pet safe/friendly delicious smoothies several times a week.

Our go-to mid-day treat is cold and refreshing, healthy, tasty, and good for all of us!

Their/our random favorite combinations seem to be:

  • apples
  • bananas
  • cucumber
  • baby spinach
  • pineapple
  • carrots
  • peaches

I am mindful not to over-indulge them with each serving. No more than 1/2 cup once a day, and I consume what’s left over!

Recipes for green smoothies are plentiful on the internet. Be mindful of your ingredients. Keep to those fruits and veggies that are safe for your dog's digestive system.

If you are not sure about what fruits and veggies to share with your pet - the American Kennel Club has an excellent guide.

Soon we’ll all be in a Summer state of mind - make yours happy, healthy, and hydrated!

Air Travel Tips and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

Cathy C. Bennett

Cathy C. Bennett is a micro-pet influencer and the creator of Groovy Goldendoodles™ a pet blog and website centered around her two Goldendoodles - Harley and Jaxson. Cathy writes about everyday life with two very active Doodles. Learn more about this incredible hybrid breed, dog health and nutrition, training and grooming tips, Pet Therapy, homemade treats, and so much more at


Signup/Login to post a reply


Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

So So

The concept is a good one, however there is room for design improvement. The little tabs didn't work AT ALL in my 2008 Subaru Outback. However, even if they did work I then would not be able to roll the windows up and down as needed. For me that is not an option. I haven't yet tried using the Velcro attachments since my husband is not convinced it's a good idea to attach something like that to the door panel. With all that being said the product itself looks good, and the concept is a great one. When my puppy gets bigger I will try the Velcro when my husband isn't watching.:)

Charlie Hendrix

Great Protection

I think this seat cover is going to work out just fine. It fits well, was extremely easy to install. Just waiting for my new puppy to be old enough to bring home.

Charlie Hendrix

Seat cover just received

It would be nice to be able to actually get some use out of it before I can honestly review the product. I will say that so far my experience with 4Knines has been wonderful. Their customer service is great.

Gary Beaton

Great Cover

I been getting these covers for many years and have never been disappointed with them great quality and well made something you don't see very much anymore !

Jere Miller

If you have dogs, and love your car, this is a must buy!

I recently purchased the Cargo Cover to protect my new Subaru Outback. My dogs love car rides, but they're also shedding dogs and make a mess. The Cargo Cover took a brief 30 seconds to install and provides protection against dirt, scratches, hair, dander. It's super easy to clean-up too!

Ryan Bracken

Great Product!

XL cargo liner fit my GMC Yukon Denali perfectly. While our 20 lb dog doesn't put much stress on the liner, it works great keeping the back clean from carrying our often muddy recumbent bicycles around. Top notch product, fast delivery. Thanks!

Leon Campbell

Great products. We are return customers.

Bought the bench cover and side panels for our Nissan Pathfinder. Looks great. We have the same set up in our Titan truck and couldn't be happier with the protection it gives to our leather interior. Highly recommend. Shipping was super fast!!!

Marchelle Jones

Super nice

I purchased seat covers for my Ford F-350 and my Ford Edge - really nice fit and I have piece of mind knowing my seats are protected!

Deby Hackney

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy

Message Us