The weather is getting nicer in the UAE and it’s the start of ‘take me for long walks’ season for Mr. Popo. He isn’t satisfied with anything less than a 3-km walk each time we go out. And we go out at least thrice in a day. Yesterday after returning from our long walk, Mr. Popo was visibly and drank a lot of water more than usual. It made me wonder ‘how much water should your dog drink’ and that led to some research.
Call me crazy but I refill Mr. Popo’s water bowl with fresh water, the same quantity every time, before our walks. I leave water in his bowl should he need to drink during the day. But I like filling the bowl with fresh water every time before our walks and after his meals.
How much is too much?
According to WebMD, “Most [dogs] need about an ounce of fluids per pound of body weight per day, so a 10-pound dog needs a bit over a cup of clean water daily.”
However, water intake depends on the level of activity of the dog. Active dogs tend to drink more water. Dogs with health conditions including diabetes, infection, kidney and liver diseases, among others might also have a higher water intake. In addition, puppies usually drink more water compared to adult dogs.
Importantly, if your dog drink significantly more water than usual, it might indicate a health problem and a vet consultation might be good.
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Here’s a vet’s view
We asked Dr. Sam Westhead, Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Dubai-based Amity Veterinary Clinic, what is the ideal amount of water that a dog must drink every day based on size, level of activity and season.
“There isn’t a straightforward answer to the question about how much water should your dog drink. Dogs must always have a bowl of fresh water available at all times. They will regulate their intake according to their needs. Don’t worry if the volume appears to be lower than you think is necessary. Because food contains free fluid, approximately 85% by volume for wet food and 15% in dry food, in addition to the water that is released when food metabolised.”
“Even dogs that drink excessively need free access to water. This may be because of kidney problems or gland (endocrine) disorders such as Cushing’s disease,” he added. “The only time I might take a bowl away is if the dog drinks excessively for behavioural reasons or plays with the water. That too is not an issue if you don’t mind a damp floor or taking your dog out to wee more regularly.”
Note: This article is meant for information and awareness and should not be considered a treatment guide. Always consult your veterinary doctor before opting for any treatment or therapy.