Summer is a lot of fun, for four-legged and two-legged playmates alike! However, just as humans need to take precautions when staying out in the sun, you need to take some precautions for the safety of your doggie companion, as well. Today, we will discuss how to keep your dog hydrated!
Dogs Don’t Need to Drink a Lot of Water – Don’t They Store Water Like Camels?
Dogs actually need to drink water on a regular basis. The standard amount is about 1/2 ounce – 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. That means a 50 pound pup, he needs to drink 25 ounces – 50 ounces per day.
However, when dogs are playing outside, they need to be drinking water on the upper end of the standard, and maybe even more. Some dogs can drink three or four times the standard amount when they are out in the sun! A dog losing 5% of fluids can start showing the signs of heat stress. A dog losing 10% of fluids will be severely ill from dehyrdation. Bringing water for your dog to any outdoor excursions will allow him to drink at regular intervals and stay safely hydrated.
When your dog is really hot after a good round of catch or even from lazing in the sun, it is best to offer small amounts of water in frequent intervals. Giving your dog a few ice cubes or letting him lap up a few sips of water more frequently will help him digest the water safely. If your dog tries to drink his entire bowl in one gulp, he runs the risk of developing bloat, a disorder where your dog’s stomach becomes overstretched by excessive gas contents and sometimes ends up getting twisted.
There are several ways to provide your pup with the hydration he needs while you are away from home. If you are going on a walk or doing something active, you can carry a pet canteen to keep water and a dog bowl handy in one convenient package. If you are on a trip, keeping a collapsible water bowl around or putting a dog water bottle on your dog’s crate are easy options. If you are playing around at home, you can make your outdoor faucet an easy doggie water fountain, too!
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