Saturday, July 30, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Preventing Dehydration with PetSafe® Drinkwell® Water Fountains

Review & Giveaway: Preventing Dehydration with PetSafe® Drinkwell® Water Fountains

The Chesnut Mutts were compensation in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are genuinely mine and we would not share a product that we did not fully believe in. Please do not use any image without permission. This post also contains affiliate links.

Hydration is SO important when it comes to our pets. Water should be available at all times and if it isn't your pet could suffer greatly. Just in time for Pet Hydration Month, we are reviewing an awesome indoor/outdoor water fountain from PetSafe® to keep the water flowing for your pet!

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If you have been to a pet store you have probably seen something for PetSafe®. From toys, harnesses, to litter boxes and treats they have a wide assortment of pet products. One of their most popular products is their Drinkwell® Fountains. I've used water bowls for years and never made the upgrade to a fountain until now. By why upgrade? Well, these fountains circulate water to reduce the formation of bacteria while enticing your pet to drink. Ever have your cat take a sip while you used the water faucet? Yup. Moving water can be more inviting. Also, these fountains have charcoal filters in them to get rid of all those nasty things like impurities that can cause bad tastes and odors. PetSafe gave us a Drinkwell Outdoor Pet fountain to try out as I was struggling to keep our outside water bowl clean and filled up.

Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Pet Fountain


Bailey & Jada with the PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats


Once I got this big box for the Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Pet Fountain I was like "Whoa..this is gonna take a while to put together", but actually it took no time at all!

Parts to the PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats

Here is everything you get in the box! Three main parts are the bowl: the housing, and the reservoirs. The instructions were very easy to follow and it maybe took me 10 minutes in total to get it together and fill it all up. Some cool features are that the electrical cord is chew proof and the whole thing can hold up to 3.5 gallons!

PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats

See that round part? That is to reduce the splash of falling water! This fountain can be used indoors or outdoors and if you decide to keep it outdoors you do need to make sure you have access to a plug-in, if not you can do what I did and get an outdoor extension cord and put it through the window with towels to keep the AC in. Also, you can keep it outdoors all season long but if it gets below 40°F you could run into some problems with ice.

Bailey and Jada with their PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats

Most of the parts are dishwasher safe, except for the pump and the reservoirs need to be hand washed. Plus the plastic is BPA-free and UV resistant so it won't lighten up in the sun.

Jada and her PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats

So why is pet hydration so important? Well just like with us humans, it keeps us healthy and water is needed in our bodies. In dogs and cats, they are made up of 80% water (compared to 60% in humans) and need 1 oz of water per 1 pound of body weight per day. So for instance, Jada would need 13 oz of water every day. 

Dibble and his PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats

So how do you know if your pet is dehydrated? Check their mouth first! If the gums are tacky and the saliva is noticeable they are probably in need of water. Also, just like with humans, check the skin and see if you can pinch their skin at the shoulder blades. If it is slow to go back into place then your pet could be dehydrated or another medical issue could be the problem. 

Dottie and her PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats

If your pet is severely dehydrated and lethargic take them to the vet ASAP so they can administer IV fluids. If it isn't severe, slowly rehydrate them by giving them access to water. Forcing it quickly can lead to more problems. But to prevent it from even getting to this point, please provide access to water at all times. And to make it the best for your pet, consider getting them a fountain!

Jada and her PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats
"Go get your own fountain, Mama!"

In a Nutshell...

  • PetSafe® Drinkwell® Fountains provide your pet with running, filtered water
  • The Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Fountain is easy to put together and holds up to 3.5 gallons of water indoors or out
  • Cats and dogs are 80% water and need 1 oz of water per 1 pound of body weight per day
  • To check if your pet is dehydrated check their mouth for tackiness and ropes of saliva and pinch their skin
  • If your pet is severely dehydrated, take them to the vet ASAP where they can administer IV fluids
  • To prevent dehydration, provide access to water at all times
  • Learn more with PetSafe's awesome infographic!
  • You can get PetSafe Drinkwell Fountains on their website, Amazon, Petco, PetSmart, Coupaw, or find a retailer near you

I really really love our new PetSafe Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Fountain! I love that the dogs now fresh clean water outside instead of a bowl where stagnant water creates bacteria and algae. It was so easy to set up and I highly recommend this brand if you are interested in upgrading your water bowl!

Jada and her PetSafe Drinkwell Water Fountains for Dogs and Cats
"So refreshing!"
 Learn more about PetSafe®!

What do you do to prevent dehydration in your pet?
Let us know in the comments below!

We are also having a giveaway!
One reader will win a PetSafe Drinkwell Current Fountain for their pet! (Ranges from $19.99-$39.99) Winner gets to choose the size (Small, Medium, and Large) and the color (Forest or Orchid)
18+, U.S. Only, Ends 08/13/2016 11:59 pm EST.
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54 comments:

  1. I add water to Sadie's kibble and mix it with wet food in the mornings. I also change out her water a couple of times a day. I use filtered cold water so she seems to want to drink it more when it's fresh and clean.

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  2. I have many water bowls for my dogs, and I keep a bowl by my mobility impaired dog since he can't get to the main bowl like the others. Of course, EVERYBODY likes to drink from his bowl!

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  3. i always keep 2 bowls of water out for my 3 gals. when i travel i always take several bottles of water with me and a fold up bowl. if the girls are not drinking enough, i will put some non salted chicken broth or sardine water in the water, which will cause them to drink more. i also add non salted chicken broth to their food as well as probiatic goats milk to their food.

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  4. We keep fresh water out for my boy by washing his bowl several times a day and giving him fresh,clean water...he does not like anything in his water bowl so if it gets a piece of kibble or anything else,he won't drink....therefore I know to keep it clean for him :).

    jackie241 AT hotmail DOT com

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  5. I do worry about my furbabies getting enough water. I have three Treeing Walker Coonhounds and three cats (one just 6-weeks old) - all rescues. I keep multiple bowls of water in different rooms and on the back deck (for the dogs only, since my cats are indoor-only). I am changing water constantly and making sure the bowls are full. A fountain would really help.

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  6. I have bowls of water throughout the house and I also refill them 4 times a day with colder water.

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  7. I have bowls of water throughout the house and I also refill them 4 times a day with colder water.

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  8. I always have fresh water out for my little chihuahua Lucy. I also freeze watermelon cubes for her in the hot summer day's

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  9. My Mommers fills my water bowl lots of time a day, AND I take matters into my own paws and drink lots of water from the swimming bowl bol!

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  10. I have 2 bowls of water out and refill when needed.

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  11. My 2 furbabies would absolutely love this! I change their water bowl literally every few hours to make sure they have fresh cold water! They should have fresh water like we do! Thank you so much for such an amazing opportunity! Good luck to all!

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  12. I make sure my pet has a bowl of clean fresh water every day to prevent dehydration.

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  13. There are nine dogs here so Mom fills the water bowls often during the day. We also get to play with the hose and in our wading pool.

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  14. There are nine dogs here so Mom fills the water bowls often during the day. We also get to play with the hose and in our wading pool.

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  15. We have several bowls around the house for water. I put ice cubes in it sometimes.

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  16. i have water bowls in every room of the house and 3 in the living room!

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  17. I make sure the cat's water bowl always has fresh water.

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  18. We give our pup ice cubes all summer! Thank you so much for this :)

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  19. I have bowls of water in several rooms of the house as well as outside. My little guy has access to hydration everywhere. :-) Thank you.

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  20. I HAVE BOWLS AND GLASSES OF WATER ALL OVER THE HOUSE!

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  21. I soak my pets kibble in water before serving to add water to their diet. We also keep several bowls of water in the house so access to H2O is easy.

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  22. I make sure I have water with me at all times when we are out of the house

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  23. We refill her water bowl with cool water several times a day

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  24. I make sure they have lots of water in their bowl. I give them ice cubes to chew on. They love to drink out of the hose when I am watering.

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  25. We are huge about changing our dog's water frequently. I would love to win this so that we have a stream of water going that is clean and fresh.

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  26. I keep a pan of water inside and outside for them.

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  27. We always provide them with fresh, clean water, especially during the summer when it's so hot!

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  28. I take water with us whenever we go on a hike, and we use a little bowl we can pour it in. my little pomchi won't go out unless its 80 or cooler, and if he does its only to do his business. the other one is the one i worry about more because she is always moving

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  29. I always keep cold, fresh water in my dogs bowl.

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  30. We have bowls upstairs and downstairs and when we are on the deck, we have water on the deck

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  31. We always have water out for them..plus they drink out of the faucet and our water glasses as well!

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  32. I'm disabled and being home most of the time every time I go into the kitchen I look at her water bowl. My black lab is an old girl... 15 this October. Hubby does the same.

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  33. The dog is no problem...she's a big drinker. For the cats, I add some wet food to the mix.

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  34. We always make sure the water in their bowl is filled and fresh.

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  35. I always keep my cat's water bowl full. He has diabetes so he has to have lots of water.

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  36. I always keep several bowls of fresh water out for my pets to stay hydrated.

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  37. We make sure their water bowls are always filled up both in the house and when outside

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  38. Great post! I love your photos! Jada's grin cracks me up! We have drinking water available for the pups in multiple rooms in our home. We also have water available outside for our pups and for visiting friends (including feral cats). We help with spay, neuter and release too.

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  39. We keep water in several different rooms inside and we have water bowls located outside.

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  40. change and refill their water bowl 2x a day

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  41. I'm actually not always great at getting my dog to drink. I always make sure he has water but I haven't figured out how to force it down his throat LOL

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  42. Though water is always available, one of my dogs isn't a big drinker. Sometimes I add enticing things to the water, and that helps a little. I change it often- he prefers fresh, cold water. And we've been training- he gets a treat when told to get a drink and he does.

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  43. I give my dog plenty of water with ice cubes in it.

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  44. We have fresh water available in 3 different bowls. I also add watery gravy to their dry kibble.

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  45. I make sure to have a few bowls of water so they always have plenty to drink. When I am at home I refill the bowls all the time.
    Laurie Emerson

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  46. I got them a water tank that holds a gallon, so that way I don't have to fill it up so much

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  47. Nicole Carter (Weasley)August 13, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    I fill their water dish up daily or when needed.

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  48. We make sure to have a filled bowl of fresh water at all times. This fountain would be great!
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  49. We have lots of fresh water available 24/7 and keep them inside in the air conditioning where it is cool.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  50. My dog's bowl is always filled with water. If we take her out, we make sure to take water with us.

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  51. My cat would probably love this... in the worst way... he already loves to play with his plain old water bowl, so we have to keep his water bowl in the bath tub. If I gave him a water fountain he'd probably go crazy playing with it!

    Sarah | Outdoor Fountain Pros

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