How Much is Enough? Keeping Your Dog Hydrated in the Summer

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Just like us, dogs are made of up to 80% water. When the temperature soars during the long summer days, it’s especially important to make sure you keep your furry friend hydrated. Water is one of the most important aspects of a dog’s diet but is often taken for granted. In fact, the ASPCA suggests that a good general rule is one ounce of water for every pound of your dog’s weight per day. Adjustments may be made for hotter days and high activity pups. If you have any question about how much water your dog should be getting, please don’t hesitate to ask your vet.

To ensure that your dog is drinking enough water, the easiest thing you can do is to make sure that he always has plenty of cool, clean water available. That’s not limited to the home. There’s nothing like having your main dog taking on the world with you while you’re traveling. If you take your fluffy friend with you on errands or to “yappy hour”, bring a collapsible bowl and water with you to keep him hydrated on the go.

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There are a few reasons your dog may not be drinking his water. Some dogs are more finicky than others and won’t drink water that is dirty or has been sitting too long. Make sure his water bowl is clean and the water is clear of debris. It’s also good to choose an appropriately sized bowl for your dog. If the bowl is too deep, he may not be able to reach the water if it gets too low. If the bowl seems to be in good shape, check your dog’s mouth. There may be a sore or foreign object causing him pain or discomfort.

At your next vet appointment, ask to learn more about the signs of dehydration. Some breeds are more susceptible to dehydration, especially during hot weather. Knowing the signs of dehydration and what to do about it can help you act quickly in a situation where seconds count. Armed with the right tools and knowledge you and your pup can enjoy a happy, healthy summer in the sun.

 
Sources:
http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/1175-keeping-dogs-hydrated-aaha
http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/dog-dehydration-water-needs#1
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/hot-weather-safety-tips

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