Some of you may know that we’ve added a cute, but a handful, puppy to our family. Overwhelming is an understatement. We’ve been learning so much about our “fur”ever friend and we’ve been fortunate to have such great weather to help us get through this zany early months! Not gonna lie, I had no idea what I was getting into. I have so many questions about everything! But like having a kid (and yes, I can say, it’s just as intense) there is so much information out there and just as many people expressing their opinions. All with good intentions, I know. Every time I go out with the pup for a walk without fail, there’s someone who has to comment about how hot it is. “He needs a drink!” people would stop and tell me as I pull out his very own water bottle which always leads to a surprise that he’s got his own water bottle specially designed for pets.  Then I found out about PetSafe® Brand ‘s most recent campaign about recognizing the signs of dehydration in our furry dog and cat friends during these hot summer days that go well into the month of September and it caught my attention.

In a recent study conducted by PetSafe® Brand, it was revealed that 66 percent of Canadians were unaware that lethargy or unusual lack of energy indicates dehydration in their pets.
I was surprised to learn about the most common signs – that are not that easy to spot for first time dog owners. But the  following percentages of respondents were aware of these common signs of dehydration in their pets:
  • Sunken eyes – 32 percent
  • Decreased skin elasticity – 29 percent
  • Loss of appetite – 27 percent
  • Depression – 17 percent
Alarmingly, 8 percent of those polled did not recognize any of the signs of dehydration in pets.
Whether active or calm, pets need plenty of water to stay hydrated. According to PetSafe, cats require 300ml daily and dogs between 600ml and 2,500 ml depending on their size, as pet water requirements are approximately 70ml per kilogram.
On top of identifying the signs of dehydration and ensuring your pet is consuming its proper daily intake of water, here are other tips for keeping your pet hydrated:
  • Monitor the weather and exercise pets during the coolest parts of the day
  • Maintain a fresh water supply
  • Know your pet’s safety limits and the signs of dehydration
To keep your pet hydrated, PetSafe® Brand offers several products to help Canadians keep their pets from feeling parched. Of course, I had no idea about these fountains until I started chatting with other pet owners who swear by them. Keeping fresh running water is key for many furry friends.
Here are a few fountains for dogs and cats that are worth looking into…
Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain: With its cutting-edge design and 3 litre water capacity, the Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain is ideal for large or multiple pets. The clear bowl design not only minimizes spills and splashes but also provides a large drinking area for pets with large or flat faces. The sound of the falling water is whisper-quiet, making it easily approachable by apprehensive pets. It provides dual filtration including an activated carbon filter that removes bad tastes and odors, while a foam filter captures hair and debris. This fountain will keep your pets healthy and hydrated while adding an elegant touch to your home decor.
Drinkwell® 360 Plastic Pet Fountain: Provides 3.8 litres of fresh, filtered water for your pet. Multiple free-falling streams of water entice your pet to drink more while continually aerating the water. A charcoal filter removes bad tastes and odours, giving your pet a fresh way to stay hydrated. The fountain’s multiple streams and circular design allow pets the freedom to drink from any angle.
Drinkwell® Outdoor Dog Fountain: The largest capacity pet fountain from PetSafe® Brand, this fountain circulates fresh, filtered water for your pet. Ideal for large dogs or multi-pet homes, the patented free-falling stream of water encourages pets to drink more. Made with high-impact UV-resistant plastic, this durable fountain can be placed inside the home or outdoors when temperatures are hot.
Drinkwell® Zen Fountain: Offers your pet 3.8 litres of fresh water in a stylish, durable bowl. This stainless-steel fountain features an extra-wide patented free-falling stream that draws oxygen into the water. The constant circulation of the water inhibits bacterial growth between cleanings. The bowl also features hygienic stainless steel for easy cleaning and a large drinking area for dogs and cats of all sizes.
For more Pet Fountain and hydration options, please visit: http://store.intl.petsafe.net/en-ca/health-wellness/fountains
CONTEST GIVEAWAY:
ENTER for a chance to win a Drinkwell® 360 Stainless Steel Pet Water Fountain for your furry friend. One Water Fountain is available to be won.  Contest closes August 28, 2018 at 12:00 noon EST. No purchase necessary. One entry per email, per day accepted. One entrant will be selected at random and will be notified directly. A mathematical skill-testing questions will be administered and must be correctly answered to be declared winner.  Open to Canadian residents who have arched age of majority – excluding Quebec.  Prize will be sent to the confirmed winner directly from PetSafe and must be accepted as awarded.
Here are two ways to enter:
1. Comment below by telling us how you stay cool with your pet in the summer months.
2. Tag a friend on the corresponding instagram post over at @auburn_lane (make sure you’re following us so we can can connect if you’re the selected winner!)
Good luck!