A dazzling wellness routine always starts one place- water. Staying hydrated has incredible benefits that impact everything from energy levels to weight loss.
As we enter summer months, gorgeous weather and outdoor activities make it that much more difficult to stay hydrated- especially for our pets. Let’s face it, a water dish just isn’t as exciting as a treat or toy.
We’ve compiled a list of some fun alternatives to keep our pets slurping their way to wellness.
1. Electrolyte water
Every athlete knows how helpful electrolytes are to staying hydrated, but our pets have a different make up and the amount of sugar and sodium in the typical sports drink isn’t the best for their health.
This specially designed recipe from cuteness is an easy way to optimize your pets water:
- 1 quart of purified water
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Just dissolve into the water and serve!
2. Banana-berry frosties (dogs)
Mashed banana and some chopped up berries (avoiding toxic fruits). Freeze overnight in an ice cube tray and enjoy.
3. Peanut butter chilly time (dogs)
Put peanut butter inside your dog’s favorite puzzle toy and pop it in the freezer.
In the morning, your dog will have a challenging treat to keep them cool as well as occupied.
Chilled or frozen carrots or broccoli or banana make for a cheap and easy way to beat the heat. This is a great option for dogs who need to watch their weight.
5. Pate-pops (cat)
Cool kitties will love small, frozen patties of their favorite wet food (smooth is best). Sprinkle catnip on top as an extra treat to get your cat engaged.
6. Tuna-tastic treat (cat)
Freeze the fresh spring water (not brine or oil) from a tin of tuna. Pop it in a shallow bowl of water and watch your cat cool down playing with the frozen fishy cubes. For added entertainment, use an ice cube tray that makes fish shapes!
7. Ice ‘n’ easy
Fill a bowl with water and let it freeze overnight. Put it beside your pet’s regular water bowl and as the ice melts, they’ll have a second bowl of cool water during the day.
8. Electrolytes and Minerals
The health benefits of bone broth have been lauded, so this treat has added benefits for our pets. Joint, immune, and gut health make this simple recipe something you’ll reach for time and again.
Bone Broth & Coconut Water
Mix equal parts bone broth and coconut water.
Pour liquid into popsicle molds or ice cube trays.
Place in freezer until frozen solid.
Serve and enjoy.
The best part of all these treats is how much your pet will enjoy them! Keeping our furry family members happy and healthy for years to come and turning a summer stresser into a fun activity.