Is My Dog Drinking Enough Water?

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
Slurp, slurp! Keeping hydrated is important – and that goes for dogs. Are you sure your dog is drinking enough water?

Everyone knows they are supposed to drink eight glasses of water per day. Hydration is an important piece of the puzzle for total body health and wellness. It helps keep your skin smooth and supple, your digestion regular, and it affects other aspect of health you probably don’t even know about. If water is so important for your own health, it must be important for your dog as well!

Water is essential for life and it is your job as a dog owner to make sure your dog is getting enough of it. But how much water does your dog really need, and what can you do to encourage him to drink more of it? Keep reading to find out.

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How Much Water Does Your Dog Really Need?

On average, dogs need about an ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. This means that a 10-pound dog needs about 10 ounces of water daily, or just over a cup of water. Larger dogs need more water than smaller dogs, so you should be prepared to provide for those needs with a bigger water bowl or by refilling the bowl several times a day. Keep in mind that puppies will naturally drink more water than adult dogs and senior dogs tend to drink more than young adult dogs. Dogs who are pregnant or lactating have higher needs for water than average.

Tips for Encouraging Your Dog to Drink More

When you learn about something that is good for your health, you’re able to make the conscious decision to follow that advice. Unfortunately, you can’t ask your dog to do the same – he simply won’t understand. If you want your dog to drink more water, you have to find ways to encourage him to do it.

Related: How Water is Important for a Dog’s Digestive Health

Here are some simple tips for encouraging your dog to drink more water:

  • Add some wet food or a moist meal topper to your dog’s kibble once a day.
  • Choose a large bowl for your dog’s water – it should hold more than your dog typically drinks in one day.
  • Use a stainless steel or ceramic bowl for your dog’s water – it is less likely to harbor bacteria which can change the taste of the water, causing your dog to drink less.
  • Make sure your dog’s bowl is easily accessible – he should have access to fresh water at all times, even when you leave him home alone.
  • If your dog spends a lot of time outside, make sure he has a water bowl inside and outside.
  • Empty and wash your water bowl daily to make sure it is clean and safe.
  • Consider switching to a water fountain not a bowl – some dogs drink more when water is fresh.

When it comes to increasing the moisture content of your dog’s diet, it doesn’t have to just come from the water bowl. Adding moisture to your dog’s food by soaking it in water or chicken broth is a simple solution, or you can consider switching to fresh food versus kibble. Whatever you decide, be sure to get your vet’s approval before making any significant changes.

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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