Dogs are wonderful companions to keep around the house, go on adventures with, and even have as protectors. Giving us so much joy and friendship, it’s important to keep our furry friends happy and healthy.
The Purpose of Water
Water is the main component of healthy, living cells in the body. Without water, a dog can become dehydrated, resulting in a loss of function for important organs and serious complications. Dehydration occurs when fluid levels drop to less than normal, according to WebMD. Ensuring your dog intakes an adequate amount of water will prevent them from becoming dehydrated. Water is used to carry and move important nutrients in and out of the cells of the body. The added benefit of water is that it helps cool your dog on a hot day, in order to maintain a normal body temperature. Water also helps your dog in digesting food while absorbing those ever-important nutrients.
As a dog gets older, their joints and movements start to wear down. Water helps lubricate and cushion joints to allow our companions to still make those long walks. The spinal cord and other internal tissues are also cushioned by moisture and wastes are removed from the body through urination and bowel movements.
Providing Adequate Water
Your dog’s water should always be fresh, clean, and easily accessible. Refill your dog’s water bowl daily and as often as possible so that you prevent dehydrating them. Dogs should drink one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. More water may be necessary depending on environmental factors and the amount of exercise the dog performs. If a dog is on a canned food diet, less water is needed as canned food contains 70-80 percent moisture.
The Dangers of Dehydration
Check your dog for dehydration by inspecting their mouth. If the gums appear dry, sticky, or pale, this is a sign of illness or dehydration. Dehydrated dogs will also have sunken eyes and a dry nose or mouth. Maintaining proper hydration is too important to ignore.