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.