How Much Water Should Your Dog Drink a Day?

Eagle Water and many other dog owners leave out water for their dogs all the time with the thought that they’ll drink as much, or as little, as they need. Monitoring your dog’s water intake can improve their health, prevent illness and insure proper hydration. Too little water can lead to dehydration in dogs, kidney stones, organ failure and even death. Drinking too much water can lead to stomach bloat, electrolyte imbalances, and water toxicity.

Keep in mind that if your dog is under-drinking or over-drinking, it could be a sign of an underlying illness. Have your vet check your dog if he’s doing either.

How much water a day should a dog drink? How much and how carefully you have to monitor him depends on several factors:

  • Size: On the average, a healthy dog drinks about 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day.
  • Food: A healthy diet is as important as water and the type of food your dog eats affects his water intake. Dogs that eat only dry food will need a little more water than those that eat canned.
  • Age: Puppies need about a 1/2 cup every two hours and need to be closely monitored. Senior dogs tend to naturally monitor themselves.
  • Exercise: Bring water along on any exercise excursion with your dog.
  • Weather: Summer means more panting which means an increase in water intake.
  • Medications: Check with your vet to see if you need to decrease or increase your dog’s water intake while taking any medication.

To look for dehydration in dogs, grab a piece of skin at the back of your dog’s neck. Stretch it out, then let it go. A properly hydrated dog’s skin will snap quickly back into place, while the skin of a dehydrated dog will return slowly and form a “tent” in the process. You can also check your dog’s gums for dehydration – wet, slippery gums are healthy. Dull, sticky gums suggest dehydration.

To help insure that the water supply for both humans and canines is protected, you can do one simple action – clean up after your dog. And by providing a healthy diet and the right amount of clean purified water to your pooch, you can prevent illness and promote health.

Eagle Water believes in keeping our pets hydrated as well as ourselves. Please call our head office at 1-800-363-6365 or for Ontario residents call 1-866-427-7757 for ways to hydrate your pets with clean healthy drinking water.

Clean Drinking Water Serves Many Purposes

Eagle Water knows water is the basis of life and serves all sorts of purposes that help you feel your absolute best.

Water boosts your metabolism which boosts your body’s ability to burn fat. Drinking about 17 oz of water can increase your metabolic rate by 30%.

Drinking water everyday can lower your risk of a heart attack. People who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day are 41% less likely to die from a heart attack than people who drink 3 glasses a day. Studies also show that staying hydrating may reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%.

Drinking 8-10 cups of water per day can improve your cognitive performance by 30%. A dehydration level of just 1% of your body weight will reduce your thinking functions.

Dehydration is the most common cause of daytime fatigue. If you get tired while at work, guzzle a glass of water. A 2% dehydration level can trigger short-term memory problems and difficulty focusing.

Be sure to drink purified water to ensure that your body is at it’s best! To learn more about drinking water please call our Eagle Water head office at 1-800-363-6365 or for Ontario residents 1-866-427-7757.

Heat Warning for Hamilton, Ontario

Eagle Water insists on staying hydrated during this heat wave.

Daytime highs in the low 30s are expected with warm overnight temperatures near 20 degrees. The hot weather conditions will likely continue into Thursday.

The heat warning will likely be extended later this afternoon to include portions of eastern ontario.

Watch for symptoms of heat stroke, which include:

Dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place (somewhere with A/C, water parks, splash pads, etc) and drink lots of water.

Make sure that your friends and family stay cool and are hydrated.

Never leave kids or pets inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

Eagle Water can provide clean, healthy drinking water all year round. Water is especially important during these hot summer months. Please visit or call to learn about our water conditioners and to book your FREE in home water evaluation please call 1-800-363-6365 (Quebec) or 1-866-427-7757 (Ontario).