How to keep your dog hydrated
Dogs, like humans, need adequate amounts of water every day. Water should always be available to them, not just when they're thirsty. Water is essential for dogs to stay healthy and avoid problems with their health. Here are a few tips on how to hydrate a dog that isn't drinking water.
Make sure your dog has more than one water bowl in the house to encourage them to drink more. Having multiple bowls in different rooms will help the dog stay hydrated. As a result, they won't have to walk too far to get a drink. Dog rehabilitation specialists recommend that owners provide their dogs with fresh water daily and clean the bowls regularly.
You should also keep your dog hydrated while traveling or taking a walk. Provide your dogs with plenty of fresh, cool water, as they can quickly become dehydrated. Include ice cubes for extra fun! Bring water and a bowl with you if you and your dog will be outside for more than 5 minutes. If the humidity is too high, animals cannot pant to cool down their bodies. When traveling short distances with your dog, you can bring a portable dog water bottle with you instead of a bulky one.
Dogs have a right to be picky when it comes to their water. Sometimes they don't like the taste of water, and certain tastes just don't appeal to them. You can make flavored water for dogs to prepare them to drink more. Filtered, bottled, and tap water all taste differently. Let your dog try these out to see which they prefer.
Add a little water to your dog's food to add more water to its diet! Dry kibble can be made a little more exciting and different for your dog by adding water to it while hydration is provided. You can also give your dog pieces of ice as treats.
Keep track of how often your dog visits the water bowl, and if you can't watch their behavior, mark the water level in the bowl at the beginning of the day. It might be a sign that they aren't drinking enough or aren't feeling well if the water level hasn't decreased appropriately over the course of the day.
You should make sure your dog drinks at least one ounce of water per pound of bodyweight every day. At least 20 ounces of water are needed by a 20-pound dog every day, which is more than two cups or the equivalent of several bottles of water or soda.
Please keep a record of how high you fill your dog's water bowl and how low the level is the next day to track how much water they drink.
Keep the water bowl in a place where your dog can easily access it. Dogs can knock over bowls while they're drinking, so choose one that won't tip over.
Your dog may need help from a canine rehabilitation specialist if they still refuse to drink enough water, and this is affecting their health.