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How much water does your dog need?  That depends.  

Water is extremely vital to your dog's health. It helps digest food, carry and absorb nutrients, flush out waste and control body temperature.  

Water is the most important nutrient in your dog's body - besides oxygen. Dogs can go for days without food, but only a few days without water.


A dog can lose all its fat and up to half of its protein and yet still survive. But when a dog loses just 10 % of his body's water, bodily functions can shut down putting your dog in a perilous state. A 15 % loss of water could kill him.


So how much water is enough? It depends on how active he is, his size, his age, his health, stress, environment, and the type of food he eats.  


In general, animals should take in 2.5 times more water than food.


Another useful guideline for dogs weighing 20 pounds or less is that they need about 8 ounces of water for every 5 pounds of body weight. So, a healthy 20-pound dog would need about 4 cups of water a day. 


But, like us humans, dogs don't have to drink their daily fill of water.  There is water in the food they eat - wet food therefore has more water than dry food. 


When fresh, clean water is available a dog will generally drink all he needs. The fresher the water, the more appealing it will be to your dog and more likely they'll drink more.


Did you know, it's good to change the water in your dog's bowl at least 3 times a day?  Wow, I didn't know it was that often.


And, it's good to clean the water bowl every day and disinfect it too to control bacteria from building up.  Look at it this way, if you wouldn't drink from it, chances are your dog doesn't want to drink from it either. 


And, dogs prefer cool water.  A pet fountain is a great way to help your dog drink more. It filters the impurities so the water tastes better; and the constant motion keeps the water cool.

View all of The Dog Expert's Blog Tails Date: 09/19/11
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