It is the middle of summer and our little border collie puppy wants to play all day. Her endless energy keeps her active all day long. But with all the heat, how much water should she be drinking to stay healthy and hydrated?
Just like with humans, clean water is essential for the health of your pup. Enough water allows your every system in your dog’s body to function properly. Your dog’s water needs will vary depending on their activity level, the outside temperature and their size.
As a general rule, your dog needs a minimum of 1 cup of water per day (8 oz.) for every 10 pounds of weight. So, a 40 pound dog needs at least 32 ounces of water. You should increase that number if it is the heat of summer and they are outside, being active, maybe even up to double the amount of water.
One challenge that dog owners have is making sure the water bowl is always full. If you are gone a lot, make sure you have a water bowl that has a reservoir that allows the bowl to refill with clean water when empty. It’s easy to get busy and not remember to refill their bowl, but especially in the heat of summer, make sure your dog is getting plenty to drink.
If your pup isn’t getting enough to drink their will be signs of dehydration, similar to those found in humans. Here are signs to look for:
- Loss of appetite
- Heavy panting
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Dry around the mouth, nose and gums
- Sunken and dry eyes
- Low energy levels
If you see these signs, you should take your dog to the vet to have him checked out.