Water is the most vital nutrient for the body. A dog’s body, similar to that of a human being, is composed of 60% water. Thus, his water needs are significant and essential. Watching over your dog’s hydration is important, especially in intense heat.
How much water should I give my dog?
Depending on his weight, the average amount of water consumed can vary from one dog to another.
But in general, a dog must drink between 0.75 and 1.25 ounces (20 and 40 ml) of water for every pound! This quantity may also differ depending on your dog’s diet. If he only eats dry food, the dog must drink this amount of water. On the other hand, if he eats wet food, pate, or homemade food, the quantity of water may be decreased as moist food already contains a large amount of water.
The main signs of dehydration
- Sunken eyes
- Lethargy (the dog appears tired)
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- You can evaluate dehydration with the help of a skin elasticity test : Lift the skin of your dog’s back until it forms a fold and then let it go. If the fold remains for more than a second or two, it’s a sign that your dog is dehydrated. However, this test is not always correct especially when taking into account your dog’s age or weight for example.
Accessories to ensure your dog always has water
Drinkwell water fountain:
Water is continually distributed and, thanks to its filter, the accumulation of bacteria is limited and prevents kidney stones and infections.
Water bottle with dispensor:
Practical when you’re out and about or traveling, this bottle allows your dog to drink at any moment, and lets you change the water easily.