Is Your Dog Drinking Enough Water? Get the Facts on H20!

Is Your Dog HydratedJuly was Pet Hydration Month.

During the summer, pet parents tend to pay more attention to how much water goes into their dogs bodies. But we have to keep in mind, ensuring our 4 legged friends are well hydrated is important all year round, not just in the summer months.

So, is your dog drinking enough water? How do you know?

Perk up your ears pups, we have the down low on H20!

How much water is my dog suppose to drink on a daily basis?

You might be surprised by how much water your dog is recommended to drink every day. On a regular day, your dog should drink in the area of 1 ounce per pound of body weight. If your dog gets a good amount of exercise in a day, he may need a little more water. Also, during the summer, on those nasty heat wave days, it is important to adjust water amounts accordingly.

Is Your Dog Drinking Enough Water? Here’s How to Keep Your Dog HealthyAs important as it is to keep our dogs hydrated, we also have to make sure they do not over-hydrate.

Yes, it is possible for a dog to drink too much water! Basically it is water intoxication. Hyponatremia can occur when more water enters the body than it can process. Thus diluting bodily fluids. The extra water effects the sodium levels in the body – sodium maintains blood pressure and nerve muscle function, so you can imagine the outcome if these things become unbalanced. Now that we have the scientific mumbo jumbo out of the way, let’s move on to some different ways you can ensure proper hydration for your dog.

I have a dog who doesn’t drink enough water, what can I do? 

  1. Add some warm water to your dogs food. Not only does it bring out the smell and taste of the food, it will help keep your dog hydrated as well.
  2. If you feed dry dog food, try adding a scoop or two of canned wet food to their bowl. Wet food has a lot of water in it, and can help with a picky pup.
  3. Make sure your dogs water bowl is clean. Bacteria can build up on the side of their bowl, and not only can that make your pup sick, it could also make him lose interest in his bowl. I mean, I wouldn’t want to drink from a dirty cup every day, why would my dog?
  4. Make your dog a soup! Boil up some water with chicken (unseasoned) and give your dog a treat, while hydrating them. (Always cool your soup down before feeding.)
  5. Sometimes it can be as simple as changing their water bowl. After some trial and error a few years ago, I had figured out why my husky wasn’t drinking enough water. Turns out, she HATED plastic bowls. I went out and bought a metal one, no problems since!

Conclusion?

If your dog drinks too much, or too little, it is important for you, as a pet parent, to monitor their water intake. If you notice your dogs want for H20 has significantly changed, there may be an underlying health issue, and you should seek veterinarian attention.

Did you know?

Just like humans, a dogs body is made up of about 80% water?
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Jenna Drady  is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too!  As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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30 Responses to Is Your Dog Drinking Enough Water? Get the Facts on H20!

  1. Clowie says:

    I insist that the bipeds filter the tap water – it tastes yucky with all that chlorine in it!

  2. I add extra water to meals and I try to change his water often so it’s cold so he’ll drink more.

  3. Carleen says:

    We have water bowls in multiple locations and then we add water to the food as well.

  4. Thanks for the tips. It’s a good reminder for us humans too. I have started to make soup, add wet and even a tiny bit of water to kibble, and change water regularly, as you suggest. I also give small amounts of fruit like watermelon and make pupiscles with soup or water and fruit (my kids and I eat the fruit ones and soup too).

    • Jenna Drady says:

      That’s great! And yes, I think it’s so important to make sure they always have fresh cold water. Like I mentioned above, I know I would not want to drink out of a dirty cup, with old water in it. :)

  5. Robin says:

    Those are really great tips! Hydration is very important and all too often overlooked. Most humans are chronically dehydrated, so it’s not a big surprise that this has spread to our pets. I love the idea about trying different types of bowls. My cats are picky about that stuff too!

    • Jenna Drady says:

      You’re absolutely right! Humans don’t drink enough water either. I think it just gets overlooked exactly how important it is to have the right amount of water for humans, and pets.

      Strange how something so simple as a bowl change can make the world of difference isn’t it?

  6. Cathy Armato says:

    Excellent post, this is so helpful. I definitely don’t think my little one drinks enough water. I do feed both kibble and canned food together and I’ve added a little water but if 1oz per pound of weight isn’t enough than she’s definitely not getting enough. She doesn’t seem to drink as much as she used to. I need to get cracking on some solutions to this.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Feeding wet food as well as their kibble definitely make a world of difference! I have actually heard a lot of smaller breed dogs fail to drink the required amount of water. You could always try “the test.” Grab some skin on the back of her neck (gently) and pull it out – if the skin takes some time to go back to normal, then she could be dehydrated.

  7. Hydration is so important during the hot summer months for all animals and even us humans too. We have a few ‘tricks’ up our sleeve to keep the kitties cool in summer – eg. I let them play ice cube hockey on the kitchen floor.

  8. Dogvills says:

    I don’t think my fur baby is drinking enough. I need to add water to her food. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. A timely message, I think people just assume everything is ok and don’t pay attention to water intake or outgo haha

    • Jenna Drady says:

      LOL, I agree! Especially when it’s not summer. I think sometimes people forget that it is just as important to ensure hydration all year round as it is in the summer.

  10. MattieDog says:

    You is right, lots of times animals won’t drink enough water when it’s served in a plastic bowl – try glass if possible, it works like a charm! Sometimes my momma makes little ice cubes and puts a blueberry in each one – for some reason dat makes me lick up water like mad!

  11. Jen Gabbard says:

    Adding a little bit of water to their food definitely helps, and often times they really love it. I’m always a bit shocked by how many people I see out hiking with their dogs without water (or at least no bottles in plain sight). It’s so important to keep them hydrated, especially in these hot summer months. Great tips.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Thanks Jen, and me too! I have even shared my own water with dogs I run into while out in the trails. Stop to chat with some people and their dogs, and low and behold, they say their dog is thirsty, so of course I share part of mine with them….. people need to use their brains and be prepared when having an outing with a dog!

  12. Kama says:

    Those are some great tips for getting a dog to drink when they don’t want to drink enough. I’ve had to be pretty creative at times with my dogs, because they can get dehydrated at our outdoor agility events if they’re too excited to drink.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      My Lexus is like that as well. When we are at an event or out walking, she simply wants to keep going rather than stop for a drink, so I have had to get pretty creative as well. I know all too well what you mean!!! LOL! Picky pups!

  13. Maureen Lake says:

    Great post. I have and bowl that the dogs avoid altogether and had to replace it. It seemed fine to me but I’m sure the dogs knew something I didn’t!

  14. Beth says:

    I haven’t really paid attention to how much water my pets drink, but I’m starting to tune it in now.

  15. Carol Bryant says:

    Great reminder and post. Dex is a good drinker but I know there are dogs out there that are not. Water is essential.

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