Pet Care: The Importance of Fresh Water

As we move into the Spring and Summer months, the importance of fresh water for your pet is critical.  Dogs and cats do not have sweat glands, and their heat exchange is through the process of panting.  They should always have access to fresh water that is changed at least twice a day, in a small bowl or dish.

Standing water that is not changed often should be eliminated, because that is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Heartworms are directly associated with mosquitoes and can be a serious threat for dogs in this climate.

Providing fresh water for your pet is essential for hydration and basic health, especially in the warmer months.  Eliminate any standing water in your pet’s vicinity, if possible.   Consult your veterinarian if your pet seems to be consuming too much water, or if your pet is not interested in drinking at all.  The St. Tammany Humane Society offers a low-cost vet clinic on premises.