Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas


My window thermometer says it is 100 degrees today. It’s a scorcher day! With the temperatures soaring in the summer, I always tote a bottle of water with me wherever I go. It’s a matter of survival, especially if I’m waiting for the train on any one of our sweltering NY subway platforms. And when I take my dog on a walk, I try to remember to throw an extra one in my bag.

With a fur coat, sometimes ordinary water may not be enough to quench a pet’s thirst. An average 35 pound dog needs about 35 ounces of liquid each day. So grab something that will give Fluffy an extra boost of energy and hydration.

Petrol ( is like Gatorade for pooch. Petrol is a drink made specifically for dogs formulated by a veterinary nutrition expert. It’s a hydrating liquid with added vitamins and minerals that are said to be good for a dog’s overall health. It’s made of pure water, 100% natural flavorings, B-Complex vitamins, L-carnitine and contains no chemical preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors, and no meat or meat by-products. Plus, it’s made in the U.S.A. Buy this fuel for dogs go to

Another portable water source for your pet is Aqua Pure Breed ( a disposable water bottle filled with mountain and mineral waters. It comes in 4 different flavors. What dog wants ordinary flavors anyway? The Green Aqua Pure Breed is enhanced with glucosamine, chondroitin for joint and bone support. Yellow Aqua Pure Breed has silica for a shiny coat. Blue Aqua Pure Breed has magnesium for heart health. And Pink Aqua Pure Breed has no added minerals or vitamins, just pure spring water. Get a subscription of this healthy water at delivered to your home.

If you’re not a believer in enhanced water for your dog, or your dog is like mine and she likes to drink plain water that I can get for a dollar from the corner Bodega, then pick up a Pet Top ( It is a little device that you can slip into your pocket and just as easily screw onto the top of most standard bottles of water. You adjust the flow of water by simply turning the cap, so your pet gets just the right amount. The unique ratchet-action keeps the Pet Top open at your desired setting while in use, and it automatically stops when the pet stops drinking. So simple! Pick one up at the As Seen On TV stores around the country, or order one at

Originally published July 2010



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