Here, the quantity of water a dog should drink per day and how to track this important habit will be discussed.
Normal Water Requirements
As a general rule of thumb, dogs require 0.5 – 1 ounce of water per lb of body weight, per day. For instance, if a dog weighs 30 lbs, he or she should consume 15 – 30 ounces of water in a 24 hour period. The Actijoy WiFi Food & Water Bowl is a pet food and water monitor that helps to make sure your pet is drinking enough, as well as monitoring the freshness of the water.
Each dog, however, will have individual needs. For instance, on warm days or when your dog has exercised excessively, more water will be required. Senior dogs generally require more water as their kidney function decreases. A good way to determine if your dog is dehydrated is to lift the skin at the nape of a dog’s neck. The skin should return to normal instantly. If not, your dog is dehydrated.
An alternative method to check your dog’s hydration levels is to examine your dog’s gums. If the gums are pink and slick, hydration levels are ideal. However, if your dog’s gums are dry and sticky, your pet is dehydrated.
Drinking Regimen for Puppies
Due to their rapidly growing bodies, puppies have different hydration needs than adult dogs. Recently weaned young puppies should be encouraged to drink ½ cup of water every 2 hours. Once your puppy is old enough to be successfully potty trained, the amount of water that he or she consumes should be the same as that of an adult dog.
Excessive Thirst and Abnormalities
Excessive thirst in dogs is commonly an indication of disease, specifically diabetes, kidney and/or liver disease, bladder infection, or Cushing’s Disease, among others. If your dog is suddenly exceeding 1 ounce of water per lb of body weight, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out underlying illness. The Actijoy App will notify you if your dog is drinking excessively.
How Actijoy can Help Dog Owners
Tracking your dog’s water intake isn’t easy, especially if you have multiple dogs. The Actijoy WiFi Bowl can distinguish which dog in the household is drinking water, and monitor how much has been consumed. Not only will you be able to determine your dog’s baseline behavior, but you will be able to recognize signs of disease (such as excessive thirst) the moment they start!
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