Does your pet drink enough water?
Doctors normally advise us to drink plenty of water. The same applies to our pets also. But the most pertinent question here is how much water do our pets need? Although it is dependant on several factors like his breed, age, size, the type of food he eats and also the surrounding weather, dogs normally require 2 and half times more water than food.
It has been observed that dogs can go without fat and protein food for several days, but if there is a loss of even 10% of water from their body, dogs may develop serious complications. However, at 15%, they may even die.
Although there is no hard and fast rule, doctors say that dogs weighing 20 pounds or less need about 1 cup (8 ounces) of water for every 5 pounds of their body weight. So, if that is the case, then dogs weighing 15 pounds would require 3 cups of water a day. It’s not necessary that dogs would have to drink only plain water, because certain sources of food items also contain a very high percentage of water.
However, in order to make them drink water, you have to ensure that the water you give him is as clear as crystal. Otherwise they may not feel inclined to drink it. You must change the water in his bowl at least 3 times a day. Also don’t forget to wash his bowl properly, since stagnant water is usually a good breeding ground for bacteria.
Thus, it’s very essential that you develop healthy water drinking habits in your pet as it helps in absorbing nutrients and also streamlines his digestive system.