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How Much Water Should Dogs Drink?

Water is the main component of healthy and living cells in the body. Without water, your dog's body will not function properly. More specifically, your dog will become dehydrated.

This can happen when your dog doesn't get enough water. That's why you should clean and refill your dog's water bowl every day.

You should also be careful when your dog drinks more water than usual, as this could be a sign of illness.

So how much water should dogs drink? Find out if your dog is drinking enough water or drinking more than usual.

How Much Water Does a Dog Need?

There are several ways to estimate how much water a dog needs, and it varies depending on individual situations.

In general, dogs should drink approximately 60ml of water (1/8 of 120ml) per kilo of body weight each day. However, there are many factors that can affect how much water your dog drinks, so you should not restrict your dog's water intake.

You do not need to measure the exact amount of water your pet drinks unless directed by your veterinarian. Just make sure your dog has plenty of fresh, clean water every day.

Why Does Your Dog Drink Less Water Sometimes?

Here are a few common reasons why your dog may be drinking less water than usual.

Your Dog Eats Wet Food or a Homemade Diet

Dogs fed canned food or a homemade diet absorb some moisture from their food because these foods contain 65-80% water. You may notice that your dog drinks less water than when he only eats dry food.

This is due to water loss due to heat and salivation.

Can Dogs Drink Tap Water?

Tap water that is safe for humans is also safe for dogs. In most cases, tap water is fine for your dog. However, if you live in an area where tap water or well water is unsafe, discuss with your veterinarian options for providing bottled or filtered water for your dog.

What Happens If a Dog Doesn't Get Enough Water?

Many important functions of the body require water, so when he doesn't get enough water, your dog can quickly become ill and dehydrated.

Organs will become damaged over time with constant lack of water, and if it goes on long enough, the kidneys, liver, and other organs will stop working. Death occurs shortly after this.

In general, a healthy dog ÔÇőÔÇőstays well hydrated by drinking enough water daily, but there are a few situations in which they may become dehydrated.

Here are a few situations where dogs are at increased risk of dehydration:

  • kidney disease
  • Metabolic disorders (e.g. diabetes)
  • Cancer
  • Pregnant/nursing animals may become dehydrated more easily because their needs may be higher

How to Check If Your Dog Is Dehydrated?

To tell if your dog is dehydrated, follow these steps:

  • Gently tighten the skin between the shoulder blades.
  • Gently pull the skin and release.
  • Watch the skin fall into place.

The skin must return to its place quickly, without hesitation. If dehydration is present, the skin will slowly return to its place or stay in place for a while and then fall back into place.

Here are other signs of dehydration in dogs:

  • Gums look dry, sticky or pale
  • Dry, sunken eyeballs
  • Dry nose and mouth

What Should You Do If Your Dog Drinks Excessive Amounts of Water?

If you notice your dog drinking more water or urinating more than usual, let your veterinarian know. There may be many reasons for this problem, because this symptom is seen in many disease processes.

A thorough physical examination and blood or urine tests can guide the steps your veterinarian will take. You may be asked to measure your pet's water intake; In this case, you may need to separate it from other pets.

You should still provide your dog with extra water, but measure how much water you add to the bowl and how much is left at the end of the day. Also take into account the amount of water you add to your dog's meals, so you can estimate how much water your dog drinks per day.

How Often Should the Water Bowl Be Cleaned?

Water and food containers should be cleaned daily by scrubbing with soap and water. Because these containers come into contact with food and your pet's saliva, they are good places for bacteria to grow.

Containers should be smooth and easy to clean; There should be no pits and scratches where bacteria can hide and live.

If you are concerned that your dog is not getting enough water or is drinking too much water to maintain his health, consult your veterinarian. The importance of proper hydration to your dog's health should not be underestimated.

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