Water is as important as any other requirement of the body whether it’s dogs or humans. But, for dogs, water is far more important than protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
Water loss happens naturally throughout the day due to bodily processes. They lose water as they sweat with their paws and when they breathe. And they lose water when they urinate and defecate. A dog who loses 10% to 15% water in its body due to any reason can get very sick and die. For that lost water, it needs to be replaced.
Water’s importance does not need to be mentioned, for it is responsible for several functions of the body in dogs.
- Water boosts digestion
The water helps the whole digestive process that takes place in the dog’s body, Otto said. Liquid substances help your pet digest food, think of a faster course, breathe new oxygen, and digest blood through his arteries.
The blood is very wet, and there is no need for us to mention that. Bringing nutrients to the body requires water. Your brain and muscles need water to function properly. Water is the heart of it all.
- Detox via water
As water flows in your dog’s body, it carries beneficial oxygen to dry cells while removing harmful toxins from its system. Without water, those exchanges are not possible, and those toxic-poisonous substances can build up and damage vital organs eventually, including the dog’s heart and kidneys. The water keeps the toxins out of the dog’s system. If he did not have circulating water, carrying toxins and expelling it from his kidneys, the dog would get sick.
- Water regulates body temperature
Dogs use water to keep them cool in more than one way. Without drinking it from their container or entering the children’s pool, the dogs keep themselves free from shortness of breath – which means they exhale and release water by breathing. That is important to remember for when the weather is hot. Besides, when dogs breathe, they cool themselves, but they do so by losing water with their tongue.
- Water helps the dogs to smell
The water also keeps the dog’s nose wet and able to pick up the smallest odor, as well as performing any work or sports activities on the daily agenda. A search and rescue dog that is not submerged and not 100 percent can be injured or not functioning again. Her nose needs to be soaked in water to smell, for example, so she may not be able to do her job. Or if we are talking about a running dog, it would not have a competitive speed.
To ensure that your canine drinks enough water, dog parents must always provide clean water, either in the home, on the trail, or in the garden. For those who drink excessively, you suggest adding a commercial flavor or broth to the water to make it more appealing.
They can also try to make drinking fun for their animals. Some dogs like to drink without water bottles. And some prefer the glacier when it’s really hot. Just make it fun sometimes.
This summer, keep your canine friend hydrated as their health depends on it. After all, a hydrated dog is a healthy and happy dog.
How Much Water Is Enough?
Rule of thumb: Make sure your dog gets at least an ounce of water every day for every pound of weight. By that rule, a 15-pound dog needs at least 15 ounces of water every day. That’s more than 2 cups, or like other bottles of water or soda.
To help you track how much your dog drinks, write down how much you fill their water container and how much the level drops the next day.
Keep Plenty of Available Water
Leave a container of water where your dog can easily reach it. Since dogs can knock the container while they drink, use the one made to not touch and spill.
Clean the dish daily. Fill often to keep the water fresh.
Whenever you and your dog play outside – especially when it is hot – bring cool water for them to drink. If your dog stays outside on hot days, add ice to the water container.
Some dogs enjoy drinking in the toilet. But that is not the only source of freshwater! Keep the toilet lid closed so your dog can stay out.
Symptoms of Dehydration
When dogs do not drink enough water or lose a lot of water, they become dehydrated. Sick and old dogs that are sick, pregnant, or nursing can easily get thirsty.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Less power
- No appetite
- Drunk eyes
- Dry mouth
You can use these two methods to quickly check your dog for dehydration, too. If the response is abnormal, it is a sign of physical impairment:
Lift the skin back between your dog’s shoulders. It should sink immediately into its normal state.
Gently press your dog’s gums until the pressure creates a smooth surface. Normal color should return as soon as you remove your finger. And the gums should feel smooth and wet.
If you think your dog may be dehydrated, take them to a veterinarian immediately.
Prevent Diarrhea In Your Dog
Many health problems can lead to diarrhea immediately or eventually, including infections from bacteria, viruses, and worms. A disease called parvovirus causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. And because your dog will lose a lot of water through diarrhea, diarrhea can lead to dehydration.
Keep your dog healthy. To help prevent these diseases:
- Keep your dog vaccinated regularly.
- Keep away from old food and garbage.
- Talk to your veterinarian about treatment to prevent infection.