Posted Aug 5, 2019 in Dog Care
Water is an essential part of not only human life but canine life as well – which shouldn’t come as a surprise, but all of the bodily functions it aids just might.
Before you can ensure Fido is adequately hydrated, you have to know how much water they actually need. Depending on your canine’s activity level, size, and age, the amount of water they need can vary. However, on average, your furry friend needs anywhere from 8.5 to 17 ounces of water per every 10 pounds they weigh.
So, for example, a dog that weighs 40 pounds will need between 34 and 68 ounces of water a day.
The more active your dog is, or the more time they’re spending in the heat will increase this amount. It’s hard to know just how much water your canine companion will need so it’s best always to play it safe and have plenty of water on hand. This allows your pup to drink up whenever they’re feeling thirsty instead of you having to guess.
Your dog’s metabolic process is facilitated by water. This means a healthy amount of water helps your pup digest their food, think clearly, breathe normally, and continue to pulse blood through their veins. In fact, Fido’s blood is made up of mostly water, and their body is made up of about 80% water.
Not only does water help process the good stuff, like nutrients and vitamins, but it also filters the bad stuff, such as toxins. Without the right amount of water, these toxins can build up and damage your furry friend’s organs, including their heart and kidneys.
Dogs pant to cool themselves, and while they’re panting, they’re also releasing water through their drool and respiration – meaning your pooch will need more water to replace what they’re losing. This is extremely important to remember when your dog is exercising or in the heat for long periods of time.
On top of everything else, water also keeps your canine’s nose wet, which allows them to pick up even the most insignificant scents. This is important for anyone who has a search and rescue or hunting dog. If they aren’t hydrated, their snout won’t be able to work to the best of its abilities.
The best way to ensure your furry friend is drinking enough water is to keep it available to them as much as you can. Help your dog stay hydrated, not only during the summer heat but all year long!
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