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Here's when to keep a dog water bottle with you

And how dog water bottles benefit your pup.

Do you have a kitchen cabinet overflowing with different varieties of water bottles? Well, what if we told you that it’s a good idea to add another to your collection — except this one is specifically for your pup. 

“Pet parents should carry water bottles for their dogs whenever they’re away from home and especially when the weather is warm,” Dr. Aliya McCullough, Fetch’s on-staff veterinarian, explains. “Bring a water bottle when on a trip to the park, on a hike or at the beach to prevent dehydration.”

Here’s why dog water bottles are a good idea and what to look for when ordering one for your pup. 

Why are dog water bottles a good purchase?

Having a dog water bottle on hand (especially while you’re away from home) lessens the chance of your pup getting thirsty or experiencing dehydration. You can spot the signs of dehydration by looking out for lethargy, dry gums or when a dog loses skin elasticity (if you pull on your pup’s skin, it’ll stay in a “tented” position before going back to normal if dehydrated), Dr. Lorraine Rhoads, a Dogtopia environmental biologist that focuses on dog health and safety, says.

It’s super important to prevent dehydration in dogs, as it can cause several other conditions. “Dehydration can lead to kidney disease, urinary tract infections and bladder stones,” Dr. McCullough shares. “Dehydration also affects other organs, such as the liver and brain. It causes vomiting, lethargy, decreased appetite and constipation.” 

If it’s hot outside (be cautious of too much outdoor time when the temperature hits 75 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) and you have outdoor activities planned with your pup, it’s wise to pack their water bottle to help them cool down. 

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What should you look for in a dog water bottle?

When it comes to dog water bottles, look for ease. “It can be as simple as one of your own water bottles and a plastic bowl, or it can be a dog-specific water bottle with a bowl attachment,” Dr. McCullough adds.

A dog water bottle should also carry enough water to keep your pup hydrated while away from home (especially if you’re unsure if you’ll be able to refill it.) Pro tip: Dr. Rhoads explains that dogs need 1 ounce of water for every pound they weigh per day.

Look for dog water bottles that seem easy to clean and carry, won’t be easily damaged, can keep the water temperature chill and don’t leak, Dr. McCullough recommends. 

How to get your dog to drink from a dog water bottle

Slowly introduce your pet to a water bottle and use positive reinforcements (like praise or treats) to help encourage your dog to drink, Dr. McCullough says. 

“Pet parents can use a smear of peanut butter or cheese on the bottom of the bowl attachment or on the nozzle to entice them to drink from the water bottle,” she adds. 

If your pup isn’t a fan of their water bottle, don’t fret. Test if your pup prefers a travel water bottle or a reusable container. Dr. McCullough recommends a collapsible water bowl to save space while you’re adventuring.

Ensuring your pup always has enough water is easier when they have their own water bottle. You can also have a little fun by looking for matching water bottles for you and your pup!

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