Usually we keep a bucket in the tub for our dogs because they are pretty slobbery. That helps so they don’t get water all over the floor.
We all know humans need at least eight 8 oz. glasses a day but how much water does a dog need?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell how much your dog is drinking a day because you don’t always see them… a good time to remember is when they are exercising, playing a lot or it’s hot out. Keep an eye on how much they are drinking and their body language to make sure they stay hydrated. If it’s hot outside, always have a full bucket around.
Our dogs like to follow my daughters when they take the horses out… but there was one time Riley didn’t make it back. My oldest had to ride back to get help. We took the ATV out, brought Riley home and threw her in the kiddie pool. It was way too hot for her to be running along with the horse. We are very lucky she turned out to be ok! Dogs barely sweat so they can over heat if they are panting hard and don’t get the water they need.
- Symptoms a dog is dehydrated: Panting, loss of appetite, reduced energy or lethargic, dry nose or gums, eyes are sunken or dry looking, loss of skin elasticity. If you think your dog may be dehydrated please call your vet
Do I have to worry about how much water my dog needs?
If your dog is healthy then chances are they are pretty good at drinking and stopping when needed. A general rule is that a dog needs a half to full ounce of water per pound of body weight. That is about 3 to 5 cups of water for a 40 pound dog. It is ranged because it depends on how active they are, the weather temperature, if they eat dry or wet foods, etc.
Hope this was useful information for you dog lovers and I hope you are all having a great start to the new year!
Below I have added some great ways to keep your pet hydrated. Stainless steel is great if your dog chews, the dish isn’t destroyed. Also a waterproof mat works wonders for your floors!!
Holli~ The Dog Connection
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