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How Much Water Do My Dog Need?
Every dog needs to drink a well-balanced amount of water otherwise it can cause serious problems or create Dehydration issue. Every dog needs to drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of the body weight every day.
How to Find Out Dehydration In Dogs?
To find out whether your dog needs to drink more water or not, you should lift some skin at the back of his/her neck, & then let it go. In a well-hydrated healthy dog’s skin will quickly fall back into place, & if he/she isn’t then the skin will fall slower and may stay in a tent formation.
Another way to check it is to, check the dog’s gum, which should be slick and moist, & if you notice that your dog’s gums are sticky and dry, then he/she should drink more water. Also if your dog is suffering from dehydration, you will notice sunken eyes, lethargy, weakness & loss of skin elasticity in your dog.
Excessive Drinking In Dogs
On the other point, some dogs may drink more water than they need, which may lead to a potentially deadly condition (hyponatremia or water intoxication). When too much water is ingested, it will throw off the body’s electrolyte balance. So the dog owners need to have the awareness of this issue & if see this type of symptoms you should go to vet.
A well-balanced amount of water will help your dog’s metabolic process, transport beneficial oxygen to his thirsty cells when clearing toxins from his system, regulate the body temperature and increase the sniffing power. Not only that, there are endless benefits of it.
Usually, vets take a full “head to toe” examination to find out the potential causes like heat stroke or an upset tummy.
Solution for My Dog Won’t Drink Water
If you see that your dog doesn’t drink enough water, then praise him and give him a treat whenever he drinks water, and get him fresh water whenever he goes around. This way it will make a good habit. If he rejects it, then try offering plenty of praise and treat while offering water & this will reinforce a positive behavior.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.