Do you ever ask yourself how much water your pet should be drinking a day? Probably not! We generally fill their bowl up in the morning and go about the day. Your pet may not be getting enough hydration, especially if the bowl is empty two hours later, but no ones home the rest of the day! Here’s some factors to think about to make sure your pet is getting properly hydrated and ways to easily achieve it.
The size of your pet is important. A 90 pound dog will need far more water during the day than a 20 pound one. The food your pet is eating will affect the amount of water they need. Is the food wet or dry, what is the sodium content, are some ingredients going to make them more thirsty than others. All good questions to ask yourself!
How about your pets age. Younger dogs and cats need more water than senior dogs. More active breeds will drink more than lap dogs. Climate plays an important role in how much a dog or cat needs hydrating. The temperatures inside your home can also be an important factor. Also, is your cat or dog on medications that make them loose more of their bodies water weight.
It’s so important for your pet to stay hydrated all day long. Like humans, they will easily dehydrate if left without water for too long. Here’s some tips to remember.
If you’re crate training or leave your pet shut off from the rest of the house while at work or out for long periods, make sure to leave them with clean fresh water at all times. Make sure the bowl is large enough to last throughout the day. Or use an automatic water dispensing bowl.
Change the water bowl frequently and clean the bowls out daily. Find out what material the pets bowl is made of to determine how clean it stays. Our pets will stay healthier with clean fresh water in their bowls!
Remember when hiking with your dog to take along enough water for them to drink. A package of ice cubes work great to make sure the water is fresh throughout the day. You can even drop a few in their bowl during the day to keep the water full and clean.