With the dog days of summer approaching we wanted to share a few interesting canine hydration facts and watering tips:
- An average 50lb. housedog needs about five cups of water a day,
but with active dogs that jumps up to 12 cups.
- A housedog loses about 23 percent moisture from respiration
and 70 percent from urine, while an active dog can lose up to
40 percent form respiration, five percent from feces and 55 percent from urine.
- A dog’s breath is six percent moisture, so hydration is
just as important in winter as it is in summer.
- Clean, fresh potable water is a must. You create dehydration
issues by not keeping your dog water bowls clean and algae-free.
- When active, make your dog drink water often
even if he doesn’t act thirsty.
- Use a consistent source of water for your dogs. There can be
large variations in water quality and potability from one place
to another, so when you travel, take the water your dog is used
to in order to avoid any issues.
- Rest and recovery. It may sound obvious, but give your dog
plenty of time to rest and cool down between periods of activity.