How Much Water does a Dog Need?
Last week, I wrote about why it is important to keep a dog properly hydrated and some of the health risks that can result from too little, or too much water. This week I will share some tips on how to keep a dog properly hydrated.
How Much Water does a Dog Need?
Making sure that a dog gets the right amount of water each day is a challenge, particularly if the pet parent doesn’t even know how much water their dog needs! So how much water does a dog need each day? Like with feeding it is very much dependent on the dog’s size. The larger the dog, the more water they need.
For a good rule of thumb, a normal dog will require 50-60 ml of water per kilogram of bodyweight. This means that a 50 lb. dog would need around 40 ounces of water, about 5 cups, each day. The table below shows daily water requirements for dogs of different weights.
|Weight (lbs.)||Cups per Day|
Once you have an idea of how much water a dog should be drinking each day, the next step is to monitor their actual water consumption. This is a very important because marked deviations from ‘normal’ could indicate a health problem and a visit to the veterinarian. A simple way to do this is to measure out the dog’s daily water amount (e.g. 5 cups fort a 50 lb. dog), and watch to see if they drink all of it during the course of a day. This ‘test’ can be performed for a few days in a row to get a baseline reading of your dog’s thirst. Although it is more common for a dog to drink too little water, remember that drinking excessive amounts of water might also indicate a health problem and can be harmful to the dog in the long run.
Tips to Ensure that a Dog is Getting Enough Water
There are a few simple ways to ensure that a dog is getting proper hydration. Since most dogs wont over hydrate, these tips are aimed at the cases where a dog might not be getting enough water.
Use an Auto Replenishing Water Bowl
In the cases when we are going to be away from the house, we will use the Torus water bowl. This bowl has a large reserve to hold water and will automatically keep the bowl full, without any power supply needed, so that the dog has an ample supply of water throughout the day. The bowl also includes a filter to ensure that the water is clean and fresh.
The Torus bowl is also perfect for when you take a road trip because it can be closed so that water won’t spill or leak out while traveling or hiking.
Refill the Water Bowl Multiple Times per Day
If you use a regular, old fashioned bowl for your dog’s water, make sure to refill the bowl several times during the day. This will ensure that the water is fresh and free of backwash. It will also give you an indication of your dog’s overall thirst.
Refill the Water Bowl Before Exercise
Although dogs don’t sweat like humans, they will tend to drink water after vigorous exercise. Make sure that their water bowl is full of fresh, clean water before you exercise with your dog.
Add Water to Food
Adding water to a dog’s meal is another way to make sure that they are getting plenty of water. This is especially important if feeding dry kibble, but a little water can be added to any type of food. Most dogs will slurp up the extra water while they devour their meal.
Use Fruits and Vegetables as Snacks
Fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of water. Using these as snacks, or adding directly to their meal, is a great way to increase a dog’s water intake while providing valuable vitamins and fiber.Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hosts To Dog with Love and My GBGV Life. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below - lots of fun fitness tips and advice!