Water keeps us alive and helps our bodies stay healthy. Without water, we cannot function. Just like humans, animals need to drink water. Have you ever wondered how much water should a dog drink? Like everything, water should be consumed within limits.
If a dog does not drink enough water, it can become dehydrated, its body will not function properly. However, if you notice that your dog is drinking more water, it may be a sign of illness.
Why water matters?
Water is the main driver of the process in the body. 70% of a dog’s body is made up of water. Water transports oxygen and nutrients in the bloodstream to cells, it moisturizes the air in the lungs, helps eliminate waste from the body, it also regulates body temperature, …
How much water should a dog drink?
Every dog needs a different amount of water. The amount of water your dog’s body needs is depends on the dog’s weight. As a rule, a dog should drink one fluid ounce or 1/8 of a cup per pound of body weight each day. For example, a 10-pound dog should drink 10 fluid ounces per day. But this is not a permanent rule, as many factors affect how much water a dog needs.
Dog activity, climate, age, health, it all has an impact. Puppies most often consume more water than older dogs. Also, a dog that eats wet food will drink less water than a dog that eats kibble. If your veterinarian has not recommended that you watch the amount of water you give your dog, you do not need to measure accurately. It is important that your dog always has fresh water available.
Why dog drinks less water sometimes?
As already mentioned, many factors affect the amount of water your dog drinks. The most common reasons why a dog sometimes drinks less water are:
– A dog eats wet food: A dog that eats wet food gets a certain amount of hydration through food because this type of food contains 65-80% water.
– A dog is sick: Every dog when it is sick moves less, eats less, and automatically drinks less water. If you see that your dog is not consuming water and is behaving strangely, contact your veterinarian immediately.
– Digestive problems: If your dog has a digestive problem, he will refuse food and water. In these cases try to give him water through a syringe and of course contact the vet.
What to do if dog isn’t drinking enough?
If your dog doesn’t drink enough water it doesn’t always mean he has a problem. Some dogs prefer water that is not cold, some are annoyed when the water stays a little longer. Also, try to find a place that suits the dog. Place the bowl near his bed or in a cooler place. If your dog drinks water after a long time, reward him because that will motivate him.
How to check your dog for dehydration?
If you suspect your dog is dehydrated, you can also check it out. Firstly gently pinch the skin between his shoulder blades, gently pull the skin and release it. When you release it, watch for the skin to fall back into place. If the dog is not dehydrated the skin will quickly return to its place. If it is dehydrated, the skin will return slowly or even stay up for a while. Also, if dog’s gums are pale, sticky, or dry, your dog is dehydrated. A dry nose and mouth are also obvious signs of dehydration.
What if dog is drinking more water?
If you notice that your dog is drinking more water and has not run or is not hot, this may be a sign of an illness. You can find the cause by finding blood and urine. The veterinarian will first physically examine the dog, and then make the findings. After that, you will most likely measure exactly how much water your dog drinks during the day.
How often should you clean the water bowl?
Whether they are metal or plastic, water and food bowls should be cleaned daily. Due to the constant humidity bowls are a great place for bacteria to grow. You can clean bowls easily with soap and water.