Dog Hydration Facts

 

Water is an important part of your dog’s daily requirements and overall nutrition. Water is the main component of healthy, living cells of the body. Without water, your dog’s body will not be able to function properly. When taking your dog for a walk or hike, especially in warmer weather, always bring clean drinking water for your pooch and server it in our Modgy Collapsable Dog Bowls. 

How much water should my dog drink daily?

According to the ASPCA a dog needs at least one ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day. 

Many loving conscientious dog owners go to great lengths to ensure their dog has a healthy diet, considering brands, consulting their veterinarian, etc..   Meanwhile they may forget that an always present bowl of water is the most important part of their dogs diet. 

Why is hydration important?

Just like people, 80% of a dogs body is water.  Water provides the means for most of the process and chemical reactions that keep the body working.  Water helps the body filter waste, regulate body temperature, digest food and circulate blood. Dehydration can cause serious health problems including kidney and heart damage even resulting in death. 

What should I do?

Make sure you dog always has a clean bowl of water, not only at home, but on the go as well.  According to webmd/pet.com Always “bring extra water when you’re traveling or exercising with your dog.”

Can’t I just wait to give my dog water until I get home?

No, according to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), while a dog can lose half of the fat and protein in his body and still function decently, losing even a tenth of his water can lead to fatal dehydration. Because of the great importance of water for dogs, owners need to understand how much and what kind of water their dogs need, how frequently their pets need to drink water, and how to find clues about the state of an animal’s health from water consumption.  So bring water! 

How can I tell if my dog is dehydrated?

Please see this informative video from ehow.com


How Do I Know if My Dog Is Dehydrated? —powered by eHow.com 

Further Reading

More information on Dog Hydration and Dehydration can be found from these reputable websites:
ASPCA.ORG
PETS.WEBMD.COM