Keeping dogs and cats healthy and hydrated during the winter months is more important than ever. Let’s look at why this is, and how you can ensure your pet is getting enough to drink all season long!
The importance of hydration is often only talked about in the summertime – but it’s vitally important all year round! Cold weather often leads to a sharp rise in common illnesses in our dogs and cats, so keeping them healthy and hydrated during the late autumn and winter is just as crucial as it is when it’s hot outside.
Gastroenteritis in dogs is most common in the winter
Dogs are notorious for developing gastroenteritis – irritation of the stomach and intestines that can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. If you’ve ever seen your dog eat grass and then vomit, you’ve witnessed this common ailment. But what you probably don’t know is that cases of gastroenteritis start increasing in late summer and hit their highest rate during the winter months.
One of the best ways to support your pet during a bout of gastroenteritis is by making sure he’s retaining enough water and nutrients. DoggyRade is a ready-to-use, isotonic drink that supports good intestinal health in dogs. It contains natural prebiotics to support good digestion, and promotes fluid intake which also helps keep his digestive system in good working order. DoggyRade steps in where water falls short, as water alone does not contain the prebiotics, minerals or micronutrients that help dogs be their best. Even the fussiest of dogs love the chicken taste! In tests comparing fluid intake versus water, dogs drank four times more DoggyRade than water!
For dogs that are ill, you can try DoggyRade Pro – an advanced version of DoggyRade that supports dogs with intestinal disorders such as acute diarrhea, gastroenteritis, pancreatitis and other illnesses. DoggyRade Pro is fortified with double doses of prebiotics as well as key amino acids to help the intestines recover quickly.
Colder weather = more urinary problems in cats
Unlike most dogs, cats are fussy drinkers and can sometimes be reluctant to drink plain water. The onset of colder weather is associated with a sharp increase in the incidence of urinary cases in cats because they drink even less.
Again, proper hydration is key! KittyRade, an award-winning, ready-to-use, isotonic drink, encourages reliable hydration in cats. KittyRade’s aromatic chicken smell and delicious taste entices cats to drink. In KittyRade’s latest trials testing fluid intake in cats, cats drank nine times more KittyRade than water.
KittyRade also contains natural prebiotics to help support intestinal health, improve digestion and nutrient absorption. Key amino acids included in KittyRade are glutamic acid, beneficial for intestinal function, and taurine, an essential amino acid for cats, which promotes eye and heart health.
Wet food toppers can also help!
If your dog or cat eats a kibble-based diet, adding a topper with a high moisture content is another great way to keep him hydrated. Tonisity’s new pet product range includes a tasty, ready-to-use gravy topper. Many gravy toppers are high calorie and fat based, but YummyRade is extremely low in both calories and fat. It’s a great flavor booster that encourages both dogs and cats to eat their food. This can be really helpful, especially if your pets are on bland diets, or are fussy eaters. You can use it to make your pet’s food tastier and more hydrating without worrying about weight gain or digestive issues. YummyRade also contains natural prebiotics to support gut health.
All of these products are in a resealable pouch, no mixing or measuring is required! They contain natural fiber prebiotics and are low in fat, calories and phosphates. They’re also gluten- and grain- free, hypoallergenic and non-GMO! All products are formulated by veterinarians and designed to increase fluid intake and improve gut health in both dogs and cats.
Dr. Ava Firth received her DVM in 1986 from Ohio State University, and her Master’s degree in Veterinary Science in 1992 from Murdoch University. Dr. Firth’s interest in critical care nutrition led her to develop products focused on early, micro enteral nutrition and hydration for pigs, dogs and cats. Currently, Dr. Firth is Director of Research and Development for Tonisity International. She is board-certified by both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.