Like humans, a dog’s body is composed mostly of water. So, like us, they must remain hydrated to maintain proper circulation and, consequently, the health of their tissues and organs, like the intestines, kidneys, liver, brain, and heart.
Let’s face it, most of us think that our only job is to provide the water and our furry friends will drink what they need – which is typically about one ounce of water for every pound your pet weighs. The amount goes up if your pet has been exercising or if it’s really hot outside. Still, the reality of the situation is that just because you give your dog enough water doesn’t mean that it will drink it; they’re not always the biggest fans of the things that we give them to eat and drink.
So, how do you ensure that your dog gets enough water to maintain proper hydration? The following 5 tips will help you get started.
1. It’s Just a Numbers Game
Place several bowls of water located at places around your house; four is a good number but, if you are able to, try to put one in every room.
2. Variety is the Spice of Life
Dogs have surprisingly human traits and a love of variety is one of them. How does this relate to drinking water? The answer is quite simple – there are some dogs who are picky about their dog bowls and will settle for nothing less. For instance, there are some that like to drink from stainless steel bowls, others from ceramic bowls, still others from plastic bowls, etc.
You can also add some variety to their water in the following ways:
● Bone broth or low-sodium chicken broth without onions
● Ice cubes
● Dog safe fruit, like cranberries or blueberries
3. Easy Access
Did you know that placing your pet’s water dish on an elevated level (ideally below the elbow but above the wrist) will ensure that less stress is placed on their tendons, muscles, neck, and vertebrae? In this way, they won’t have to stretch to the ground to grab food or lap water and lift back up to swallow – this is especially helpful if they are older in age.
4. Say No to Dirty Water
Put yourself in your dog shoes, would you like to drink dirty water? It stands to reason that your dog doesn’t either. Making sure that you change the water throughout the day will ensure that it is healthier, cooler, and fresher. You must also wash the water bowl on a regular basis, as slime that may contain harmful bacteria may accumulate on its surface. Make your dog happy by getting him/her the perfect bowl – choose from the wide selection in our online store.
5. Water, Water Everywhere!
Whenever you go on an extended outing with your dog, make sure that you bring along some cold water with ice. We offer a ton of products that can help make this easier, like traveling water bowls and water bottles.
In addition, you may also want to use an even mixture of water and ice in your chosen water conveyance. This will ensure that when you are out and about, your best friend will always have access to nice, cool, and fresh water.
In Vegas and interested in learning more? Stop by The Dog House Boutique today for your pet hydration needs.