BLOG / Dog

Water and Your Dog's Health

main banner
by Andrew Garcia
Apr 02, 2022
5 minute read
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Why Do Dogs Need to Drink Water?
  • What Happens When Dogs Do Not Drink Sufficient Water?
  • How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Dehydrated?
  • How Do You Help Your Dog Drink More Water?
  • How Much Water Does a Dog Need Daily?
  • What Prevents a Dog From Drinking Water?
  • Is Drinking Purified Water Compulsory for Dogs?
  • Why Does Your Dog Need a Fountain?
  • Final Words
We are getting into the hotter season of the year – the weather where dogs and most dogs require more water than usual. Similar to humans, dogs also need sufficient water in their body system to function effectively every day. That said, not all dogs like to drink water. But as dog owners, we must ensure we help them get enough liquids into their system.

Why Do Dogs Need to Drink Water?

Dogs, like other animals, require water as an essential nutrient. Water is the most abundant metabolite in most dogs. To underline the importance of water in dogs, a 10% drop in their water requirement can lead to death. In comparison, they can survive on half their regular protein requirement or zero fat. Overall, dogs must drink enough water and be on time to stay alive and healthy.
Here are the specific benefits of drinking water in dogs.

Water Is Required to Maintain Physical Needs

Digestion, absorption of food substances, and other metabolic activities, as well as physiological processes in your dog, require water to run properly. For instance, digestion enzymes can only mix effectively with food substances to ensure breakdown when there is water. Nutrient absorption involves water. Nutrients and metabolites are also dissolved in water to ensure adequate transportation and discharge.

Water Is Essential in Body Temperature Regulation

Just like humans, dogs require water to keep their body temperature cool. The high specific heat capacity of water is the reason it absorbs and releases more heat. Excess heat is one of the by-products of metabolism, which often finds its way to the skin through the water. It can also be discharged through the lungs during breathing. The external temperature is usually higher, so the internal system requires more water to regulate the temperature and keep it healthy.

What Happens When Dogs Do Not Drink Sufficient Water?

Feeding your dogs with insufficient water consistently leads to a deplete water content in their body. As a result, less water is circulating, forcing digestion to slow down. Their appetite also drops, and they experience mild to severe dehydration and a reduction in urine production. If the situation persists for long, diseases may also creep in, with symptoms like yellow urine, dry stool, stones, and tears from dry eye glands.
dog’s appetite drops

How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Dehydrated?

Dogs that do not drink sufficient water regularly face the risk of dehydration. The early symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. But how can you identify a dehydrated dog?
Grab the dog’s neck slowly and gently. Observe the skin after you have released the neck. The skin should regain its original shape immediately. If this takes time, then your dog may be dehydrated.
Another way to check is to press their gums with your hands. Pressing their gum blocks the blood flow to the area temporarily, so the gum area turns white. The gum area must return to the original pink color when you release your grip on the gum area. If this takes more than two seconds, your dog is most likely suffering dehydration.

How Do You Help Your Dog Drink More Water?

It is not uncommon to see dogs struggling to drink enough water. If this happens, the first step is to assess the dog’s health – certain health conditions may discourage them from drinking.
If your dog is healthy and still uninterested in drinking water, then you should devise ways to encourage the habit. For instance, throw in some form of praise and reward whenever it drinks water. You should also keep the water bowl clean and add some chicken broth as flavor.

How Much Water Does a Dog Need Daily?

Yes, dogs must drink sufficient water every day. However, you must ensure moderation in consumption – drinking too much or too little can adversely affect your dog’s health. For example, over-drinking causes water intoxication and, in some cases, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and excessive salivation. Please consult your veterinarian if you discover any of these symptoms.
feed your dog water
Your dog’s average daily water requirement is 80-120 ml of water per kilogram of body weight. If you have a puppy, the requirement is 140-170 ml per kilogram of body weight daily. However, the exact amount of water depends on a few factors, including the general management practices, the dog feed type, and the time of the year.
Your dog can drink water directly and freely at any time of the day.

What Prevents a Dog From Drinking Water?

We have said some dogs may not like to drink water. Here are some of the causes of this dislike;
Dog refuses to drink water

Guilt and Boredom

We know how naughty dogs can sometimes be. If you have recently scolded your dog for soiling the floor while drinking previously, the guilt may prevent it from drinking water again for the day. Similarly, we tend to wipe the neck and chin of our dogs whenever they drink water to keep them dry and clean. Some dogs do not like this – it bores them, so they avoid drinking water altogether.

Laziness

You will be surprised to find out your canine friends can choose not to drink water for the flimsiest excuses. For instance, they may be discouraged if the water bowl is not near. Likewise, overweight dogs tend to be lazy, so they avoid walking long distances to drink water. Pet owners with many dogs at home may discover that some dogs may not want to use the same bowl as others.

Stale Water

If you do not change your dog’s water regularly, it might discourage them from drinking. Instead of filling a large pot with water, use a smaller bowl that allows you to replace the water and keep it fresh. Sometimes, a sick dog may avoid drinking water. Finally, your dogs may be put off by dust or impurities in water. If you have such demanding dogs, they drink only boiled or filtered water.

Is Drinking Purified Water Compulsory for Dogs?

Tap water has been proven to be unsafe for drinking. The primary tap water source is usually groundwater, including lakes and rivers. This type of water is not mineralized and often contains chlorine gas, used for treatment. Therefore, the water tastes differently.
The transportation process of tap water – through long pipe systems – casts doubt on its hygienic quality. For these reasons, experts discourage giving your dogs tap water. If they must drink tap water, it should be minimal.
On the other hand, mineral water contains several minerals added artificially during purification. It is better than tap water. However, if your dog is suffering from urolithiasis or uremia, it should drink less mineralized water.
The best option is filtered water. Dogs are at no health risks with filtered water.

Why Does Your Dog Need a Fountain?

The Fountain Provides Clean and Pure Water

Dog smart water dispensers are designed to filter water and provide only clean and healthy water for your dog’s consumption.
Automatic dog water fountains are equipped with a submersible pump, ensuring the water is in a constant circular motion. This keeps the water cooler and more refreshing than water just sitting in a bowl. Furthermore, the water is filtered using a dedicated filter to get rid of impurities and dirt. So, in the end, your dog gets clean, fresh, and great-tasting drinking water.

It Helps Your Dog to Drink More Water

Moving water is more appealing to dogs – much more than drinking from a dripping faucet or a sitting bowl. According to research, dogs and other animals always choose a moving water source over a stagnant one. In addition, there is a popular theory about the wild ancestors of dogs drinking from only natural sources of water, including running water. That is because running water is less polluted and cleaner, unlike stagnant water.
dog drinks moving water source

Fountains Only Require Basic Maintenance

Maintaining water fountains is easier for dog parents. In addition to its health benefits, water fountains are designed to contain water with little or no chance of contamination. So, you can save time by not cleaning and refilling the container for your dog. When it comes to maintenance, you only need to change filters monthly and clean once every week.

Fountains Make Water Available Always

Dogs live on about 80-120 ml of water per kilogram of body weight. You can meet this demand conveniently with dog water fountains while ensuring that the water stays fresh, clean, and refreshing by keeping it in constant motion. Now your dog can drink more often and stay healthy.

Final Words

Your dog needs to drink water to stay healthy. As a dog parent, you must provide a clean water source and keep track of your dog’s daily water intake.
Moderation is vital when providing drinking water for your dog. Do not deprive them of water just to reduce the amount of urine they produce. Likewise, do not force them to drink too much water because it leads to water intoxication and other health conditions.
SUBSCRIBE
Subscibe for our newsletter to get updates on the latest products, offers, and more.
CATEGORIES
Latest Articles
Professing love to your furry companions with considerable care.
Dog
Embarking on the exciting adventure with your canine pals.
Cat
Launching the journey into your feline friends' inner world.
CATEGORIES
Latest Articles
Professing love to your furry companions with considerable care.
Dog
Embarking on the exciting adventure with your canine pals.
Cat
Launching the journey into your feline friends' inner world.
BLOG / Dog
Why Does Your Dog Flip His Water Bowl?
by Andrew Garcia
Jan 10, 2023
2 minute read
You may wonder why your dog flips over his water bowl, creating a big mess for you to clean up. You may also want to know how to stop this behavior. Usually, dogs turn over water bowls when they are bored or too hot. Also, if the water or the bowl is dirty, your dog may turn over its bowl. Finding the root of the problem and resolving it are essential.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Train Your Dog to Walk on A Leash?
by Andrew Garcia
Jan 04, 2023
2 minute read
Experts recommend more outdoor time for dogs and their owners because of its numerous benefits. It helps with a change of pace while keeping you and your pet refreshed and happy. In addition, training your dog to walk on a leash will make your time outdoors smooth and productive. If you are unsure how to start, this blog has provided a few tips to help you train your dog to walk on a leash.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Avoid Leash Pulling?
by Andrew Garcia
Dec 28, 2022
2 minute read
The walk becomes less enjoyable for both you and your pet when leash pulling sets in. A large number of dog owners identify this as one of the major reasons they could not spend more time with their furry friends outdoors. Fortunately, there is a solution. You can enjoy evening walks with your dog without pulling or getting pulled. Let’s find out how together.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Get Rid of Pet Odors in Your Home?
by Andrew Garcia
Dec 13, 2022
2 minute read
As a pet owner, smells from having a furry friend are not strange. And you would want to remove these smells and prevent them from lingering in your home regardless of whether they originate from dog odor or cat pee. Fortunately, this blog explores several tips for removing pet odor.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Get Rid of Dog Smell?
by Andrew Garcia
Nov 29, 2022
2 minute read
There is no question that your dog is very proud of his smell. It serves as both his signature and his self-image in the world. Just think of the saliva on your face and neck or the stench of hot dog breath permeating his toys and bed. Just like humans, dogs also accumulate wax in their ears. Did you also know that they sweat through their feet? Dealing with so much dog odor is difficult. Breed, age, coat type, health and medical issues, drool production, outdoor activities, and, probably most importantly, frequency of bathing all have an impact on how a dog smells.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Take Care of Senior Dogs?
by Andrew Garcia
Nov 24, 2022
2 minute read
Dog’s mobility drops as they become older. Their sight and hearing also decline, and their immune system become weaker, making them more susceptible to different diseases. However, your dog getting old doesn’t spell doom. You can still make their golden years enjoyable for them and you.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Tips for Taking Plane with Your Dog
by Andrew Garcia
Nov 21, 2022
2 minute read
Are you planning to fly with your dog and already feeling nervous? Well, this is not strange. Several pet owners have reported heavy nerves when preparing reservations and necessary documents for their pets. But most need to realize that the key to successful airline travel with your pet is to start preparations days before the trip. This blog provides a few helpful tips to prepare you and your dog adequately for your flight.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Why Does Your Dog Sleep So Long?
by Andrew Garcia
Nov 20, 2022
2 minute read
Dogs tend to sleep throughout the night, but it is not strange o see them asleep during the day. You should only worry if your dog spends most of the night and day sleeping. Excessive sleeping in your pup might indicate an underlying issue.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
6 Benefits of Walking Your Dog Daily
by Andrew Garcia
Nov 07, 2022
2 minute read
Exercising regularly is not only good for your dog's health but also yours. Moreover, it is fun! You can spend a lot of quality and enjoyable time with your best buddy. Your furry friend is always excited and wagging his tail to motivate you on your walks.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Find A Lost Dog?
by Andrew Garcia
Oct 27, 2022
2 minute read
Finding out your favorite furry friend is lost can be a difficult experience for you. It can also be traumatic for your dog. When this happens, it is vital to take quick action and stay focused on how to find your pet.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Why Should You Clean Your Dog’s Bowls?
by Andrew Garcia
Oct 26, 2022
3 minute read
Ensuring your dog eats in a clean dish is one way to keep him healthy. But only a few dog owners realize and stick to this. According to the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), pet bowls are the fourth most potent source of germs in the home.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
All You Need to Know About Aggressive Dogs
by Andrew Garcia
Oct 20, 2022
2 minute read
Despite being our best friends, dogs can get aggressive and lose their friendly part. Canine aggression is not strange and is shown in various ways. The common ones include growling or, in worse situations, biting. All aggression in dogs negatively affects both the dog and the owner. The good news, however, is that there is a way out. Since dogs are not naturally aggressive from birth, proper training can help reduce the problem. Dogs with poor or zero training are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors, considering their responses to situations are almost always due to instincts.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Top 6 Reasons for Shaking in Dogs
by Andrew Garcia
Oct 18, 2022
2 minute read
Despite being our best friends, we cannot correctly interpret every behavior a dog shows. Some dog owners understand that their dogs wag their tails when they are happy. Others know what their dogs want when they stare at them for long. Then there is a group of dog owners who wonder what message their dog is trying to pass by shaking. Wondering why your dog is shaking? Here are the top six reasons you should take into consideration.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Choose the Right Dog Bowl?
by Andrew Garcia
Oct 17, 2022
3 minute read
Most pet owners believe their dogs should be fine with getting food regularly, irrespective of the type of bowl they use. But the truth is, the dish you use to feed your dog is as important as the choice of dog food. You want to choose bowls with features that make your furry friend more comfortable while eating.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How Much Food Should Your Dog Eat Every Day?
by Andrew Garcia
Oct 13, 2022
2 minute read
Feeding your dog the right amount of quality food is one way to keep your furry pal healthy. It is suggested to keep portion sizes consistent and proportionate with your dog’s weight, age, and activity levels. Consequently, you can help your furry pal maintain the perfect weight while remaining active.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Travel with Your Pet?
by Andrew Garcia
Oct 10, 2022
2 minute read
We all look forward to having our furry friend on a trip. But it is not as simple as it seems. Traveling with your pet can be pretty demanding, especially if you’re a first-timer. Having a successful trip with your pet requires adequate research and planning.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Pick the Right Toy for Your Dog?
by Andrew Garcia
Sep 27, 2022
2 minute read
Dogs naturally love chewing and playing. Although some dogs actively chew and play more than others, every dog needs pet toys. In fact, dogs develop destructive problems when they do not have the proper outlet to follow their instincts. There are endless dog toy options in the market. However, choosing a suitable one can be pretty challenging. Thankfully, this article is here to guide you in making a perfect choice for your four-legged friend.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Why You Should Consider An Elevated Dog Bed
by Andrew Garcia
Sep 20, 2022
2 minute read
Regular dog beds hardly protect your dog’s joints. Consequently, the pressure of lying on the hard floor affects your furry friend’s elbows, shoulders, and hips. With an elevated dog bed, your dog can stay outdoors without bothering about moist patios, wet grass, or mud. Now let’s look at other reasons you should consider buying an elevated dog bed.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Why Do Dogs Bite Their Paws?
by Andrew Garcia
Sep 08, 2022
2 minute read
Dogs chew on their paws for several reasons. Fortunately, this article discusses why your dog bites his paws and when you should take your dog to the vet.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
What You Should Know When Walking Your Dog
by Andrew Garcia
Sep 07, 2022
2 minute read
Walks are great exercise for both you and your dog. During a walk, your dog gets to exercise, take a potty break, get mental stimulation, and become aware of the neighborhood. But, it may be tricky to take daily strolls if your dog is difficult to walk. Fortunately, this blog discusses methods for training your dog, ensuring a positive experience for everyone.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Tips for Leash Training Your Puppy
by Andrew Garcia
Sep 06, 2022
2 minute read
Contrary to popular opinion, a dog walking politely on a leash is not an innate ability. Instead, it is a skill you need to teach your puppy, and you will value it every time you take your dog out on a daily walk. Although leash training can be challenging, it is necessary so you and your best friend can enjoy your walks and adventures together. Furthermore, it would be best if you started practicing this skill as soon as you bring your furry friend home.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How Much Water Should A Dog Drink?
by Andrew Garcia
Sep 05, 2022
2 minute read
It is universally known that healthy living cells in the body are mostly made up of water. This is because water carries essential nutrients around into the body cells—consequently, water aids digestion and nutrient absorption.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How Can You Help A Depressed Dog?
by Andrew Garcia
Sep 01, 2022
2 minute read
You may have recently moved to a new house or brought a new pet or baby home. Then out of the blue, you notice that your energetic pup is unusually withdrawn and listless. Unfortunately, dogs can’t verbalize their feelings. As a matter of fact, they can experience different emotions just like humans do.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Make Dogs Meet Each Other
by Andrew Garcia
Sep 01, 2022
2 minute read
Dogs are social animals with great love for the company of other dogs. But, it can be pretty tricky to introduce a new dog to the family. Therefore, it is essential to consider that first impressions matter, especially if your resident dog has been an only dog.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Put on A Dog Harness?
by Andrew Garcia
Aug 30, 2022
2 minute read
Conventional dog collars do not work for all dogs. Aside from the incompatibility, harnesses offer better security and protection, considering how secure they fasten around the dog’s body. It is almost impossible for dogs to slip out of harnesses. A harness will also come in handy for dogs that pull on the lash or struggle to focus.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Here Is Why Your Dog Is Eating Grass
by Andrew Garcia
Aug 18, 2022
2 minute read
everal homeowners have reported their dogs chewing on grass outdoors, especially when they are not watching. How safe is this? Let’s look at it more closely.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Why Do Dogs Breath Heavily?
by Andrew Garcia
Aug 16, 2022
2 minute read
As a pet parent, it is understandable that you want to spend a lot of time staring at your adorable dog. But, sometimes, you may even wonder if what you see is normal, and it all makes sense. So, you may wonder why your dog’s breathing rate and type of breathing vary throughout the day.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
Should You Dress Your Dogs?
by Andrew Garcia
Aug 09, 2022
2 minute read
If you are regular on Instagram, you would have seen hundreds of dog accounts with daily photos in different cute outfits. But this is not limited to dogs with an online presence—dog owners offline also dress their dogs in exciting clothes.
Read More
BLOG / Dog
How to Understand Your Dog’s Body Language?
by Andrew Garcia
Jul 27, 2022
4 minute read
People often say that dogs are man’s best friends. But, people hardly understand how dogs feel or think. When trying to understand a person, non-verbal communication is the way to go. However, with your furry pal, body language is much more critical. Consequently, all humans can benefit from understanding how to read dog body language and how they communicate.
Read More
SUBSCRIBE
Subscibe for our newsletter to get updates on the latest products, offers, and more.
SUBSCRIBE
Subscibe for our newsletter to get updates on the latest products, offers, and more.