Dehydration and Water Needs in Pets
Dehydration and water needs in pets: How much water does your dog need, and how to prevent dehydration.
What is Dehydration?
Dehydration is a lack of water in the body, and can cause serious complications for pets and people alike. All living beings, including dogs and cats, need proper daily fluid intake to maintain good health. Water makes up 80% of the body, and is important to all body processes, including circulation, digestion, and waste removal.
Facts About Dogs’ Drinking Water
1. Dogs should be given fresh water at least 3 times a day. It is estimated that they need at least 2mL for every pound he weighs –or at least 2.5 times the amount of the daily food he consumes.
2. More water needs to be provided when your dog eats more dry food. Dogs will not need to drink as much water if they eat mainly raw or canned food.
3. Dogs prefer cold water. The temperature of water should be adjusted according to weather/room temperature, amount of exercise, degree of exercise, and age.
4. Snow as a substitute for water should be avoided as it can be dangerous because it may be contaminated. Potential dangers of allowing your dog to chomp on ice include possible tooth damage and choking or lodging within his throat.
5. During housebreaking, put out the water bowl for about 10 minutes and give about 3-4 hours and take your puppy out. Give your puppy water about 3 hours before bedtime.
6. Pay attention to how much water your dog drinks. If your dog drinks unusually more or less than its usual amount of water, it can be a sign he’s unwell.
7. Do not allow your dog to quickly drink too much water after physical activity or exercise to avoid painful bloat.