As humans, we know how important it is to drink eight pints of water per day in order to stay healthy and keep our bodies functioning normally, but how much should our dogs be drinking?
Whilst we’re pretty quick to recognise when we start to feel thirsty and can typically spot the symptoms of dehydration in others, unfortunately it’s not as easy with our four-legged friends. As much as we wish they could speak, we can’t simply ask them if they’ve had enough water that day, so as owners it’s important we pay close attention to their water intake and make sure they’re not drinking too little (or too much!).
How much water does my dog need a day?
Typically, the general rule is between 30ml-50ml of water per kilogram of body weight. For example, a healthy labrador weighing 30kg would need between 900ml and 1,500ml of water per day to stay hydrated. This allows their bodies to function properly, from organ function and nutrient transportation to circulation and digestion.
The amount of water your pooch needs can vary depending on their size, age, activity level and even the time of year! In warmer weather, it’s important to top up their water bowls more than usual and to keep them in the shade - try to time their walks at the start or end of the day, avoiding the midday sun. If your dog eats dry food or gets lots of exercise, it’s likely they’ll need more water than those who eat wet dog food and go on shorter walks, so be sure to top up their water bowls accordingly. Older dogs or those that are unwell may also need more water than average due to any medication they’re on; your vet will be able to advise you on this and let you know how much water to give them each day.
Symptoms of dehydration
It’s important to keep an eye on your dog’s water intake so you can spot the signs of dehydration more easily, as it can be life-threatening in some cases. Symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive panting
- Dry nose
- Dry and pale gums
- Thick and pasty saliva
- Low energy
- Loss of skin elasticity - the scruff of their neck may take longer to settle if lifted away from their back
If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.
How can you keep your dog hydrated?
- Keep their water bowl clean and topped up with fresh water, more so in the summer months and after exercise
- If you’re out on an adventure, whether it’s a long walk or even a road trip, be sure to take clean water with you so your pooch can stay hydrated throughout the day - there are lots of great travel-friendly water bowl options available online
- Add wet food into their diet - explore all the wet dog food options we offer to help increase your dog’s total water consumption. Carefully formulated to provide wholesome nutrition for your four-legged friend, our dog food contains no artificial colours or flavours, no dairy, no soya and no added wheat - we use natural ingredients that are tail-waggingly good!
Can my dog drink too much water?
If your pooch starts to drink a lot more than they normally do, it could be a sign of an underlying health problem like diabetes, a kidney infection or a hormonal issue. Keep a close eye on them, if you’re concerned about your pet’s health please seek veterinary attention as soon as possible so they can advise you on the best course of action.
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