Do you ever stop to wonder just how much water your dog should
drink? As temperatures continue to soar during these last days of the summer season, now is definitely a
good time to monitor your dog’s water intake. Adequate hydration can prevent heat stroke
and a whole host of other illnesses in your dog. So, how much water is enough? Is there
ever too much of a good thing when it comes to how much water a dog should drink?
Things to consider when determining how much water your dog should drink
Believe it or not, the food you feed your dog has a direct impact on how much water he
needs. If your dog is on a dry food or kibble diet, he will need more water. On the other
hand, canned food is, according to PetCareRx, made up of about 75 percent water. You
must also take into consideration how much sodium is in your dog’s diet, canned, kibble or
Size and Age
According to the AKC, a brand new puppy will receive his required water intake from his
mother while nursing. After being weaned, a young puppy will require about a half a cup of
water every two hours or so. Puppies, generally speaking, will need a half of an ounce of
water per pound that he weighs. An adult dog should drink an ounce of water for every
pound that he weighs each day.
Climate and Seasons
Naturally, when temperatures are at their highest, dogs will need more water to keep
them adequately hydrated. Heat stroke is no joke and monitoring water intake is one way
to help prevent it. Also, depending on what region you live in, your dog may be more active
or exposed to the elements more. Keep this in mind as you move beyond what is considered
“summer” in your neck of the woods.
Dogs sweat, just like people do. They just don’t show it in the same way. A dog doesn’t
necessarily have to be panting to be in need of water after a walk or other exercise.
Basically, while dogs are exercising, they are losing water and heading towards
dehydration. Be sure your dog replenishes the loss of water.
Signs of dehydration in dogs
In addition to monitoring your dog’s water intake, you should also be aware of the signs of
dehydration. Changes in appetite, lethargy, changes in activity levels or behavior,
depressive state, dry mouth, eyes that appear sunken, and skin that doesn’t bounce back
when pinched are all signs that your dog is dehydrated. At the onset of any signs that may
indicate dehydration, you must consult your vet immediately.
Other Implications of Over hydration and Dehydration in Dogs
Just as a dog can become dehydrated, he can also become overhydrated. A dog that
drinks too much water may be an indication of an underlying disease. This also goes for a dog
that drinks not enough water. Diabetes, parvo, pancreatitis, bloat, water toxicity, organ
failure, bladder infections, and leptospirosis are all illnesses that may be associated with
drinking too much or not enough water.
As you can see, making yourself aware of how much water your dog should drink and then
monitoring it, will not only make your dog comfortable, but could very well extend or save
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