How to keep your dog hydrated when "on-the-go"- with a collapsible travel bowl
Dogs can get de-hydrated very easily!
All dog owners know how important it is to keep their dogs well hydrated, especially in the hot summer days. Depending on their age, breed and level of activity, dogs can get de-hydrated very fast, especially in summer. When you are based at home, this is generally not a problem. You just have to make sure that their water bowls are always full of cool, clean, fresh water or get them an automatic water bowl or water fountain for a constant supply of fresh water. For large dogs, even filling their water bowls fast enough to keep up with them on hot days can be a major task, so automatic water bowls connected to your home's water supply can be very helpful, and dogs simply love them!
But what happens when you are on the move, travelling or even going for long walks or hikes with your dogs? I ran into this problem at the beginning of summer this year, having brought home our newest Golden retriever puppy in October. Muffin was really fluffy and furry as a puppy and she has grown into a really thick furred adult. She is also very active and I soon found out that even on her short daily walks – 45-50 minutes or so- she would get very thirsty, need to rest once or twice before getting back home, where she would gulp down enormous quantities of water and collapse on the floor panting furiously. Furthermore, Muffin is very much a member of our family, she wants to be involved in everything we do, come with us everywhere we go and she loves travelling by car. She is really great company so we take her along almost everywhere, for weekends, day trips or short and longer car rides.
Lugging around a stainless steel or plastic water bowl on our daily walks or hikes was not an option, as I carry no bag or backpack with me, just Muffin’s leash and my house keys. Also, while we generally carry one or two water bottles with us when travelling by car, a water bowl is always in the way, rolling or clattering around in the boot, or getting stepped on by the kids or lost under the front seats or forgotten at home, in other words never available when needed. Muffin tends to get really hot and thirsty when travelling by car, especially in summer and although water can be found quite easily almost anywhere, finding somewhere to put it in for Muffin to drink is not so easy. Although most roadside restaurants and diners allow dogs, I am generally quite shy about asking for a bowl or disposable container for her to drink in. Most disposable plastic containers like plastic cups or yoghurt/cottage cheese containers generally prove too small for Muffin to stick in her large muzzle and drink without splashing water all around.
Advantages of a folding water bowl for dogs
- You can take it with you anywhere due to its small, compact size. It folds flat for storage, unfolds partly or fully depending on the size of your dog
- Sturdy non porous silicone rubber is hygienic and very easy to wash
- Clips on the dog's leash or anywhere on your body or bag strap
- Can also be used as a food bowl
Collapsible water bowl or Frisbee?
Water problem still not solved, I was looking around the pet shop last month for a water toy to play with Muffin on the beach. Looking at what I first thought was a frisbee, I realized it was a collapsible water bowl for dogs. Made out of sturdy silicone rubber, it would unfold partly or fully to a perfect size for a large Golden Retriever, holding up to 3 cups of water, and could then be folded back down into a small, flat, Frisbee like disk! It even had a clip to hook on the dog’s leash-no need to carry it around! Needless to say I bought two of them, keeping one in the car permanently and the other on the boat, another favorite place of Muffin’s!
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