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There are many aspects to good health: nutrition, exercise and socialization, and that’s as true for animals just like it is for people. But many pet owners may underestimate the importance of ensuring their pets are properly hydrated. You provide clean water every day and refresh it when necessary. We expect our pets to drink when they are thirsty, but how do you know if your pet is drinking enough water? Our veterinarians at Blue Lake Animal Hospital offer advice for keeping your pet hydrated. Contact us to speak to our knowledgeable team about your pet’s wellness needs. 

What Is the Amount of Water Pets Need to Drink Daily?

The amount of water pets need to drink depends on several factors, including age, activity levels and hot weather. Younger animals, including puppies and kittens, need more water than older animals since they are typically more active. 

As a general rule, adult dogs should drink one ounce of water for each pound of body weight. For example, a dog that weighs 35 pounds should drink around 4 cups of water every day. This number will be higher if your pet is more active. Cats typically need about 5 to 10 ounces of water each day. You can increase your cat’s water consumption by providing wet food. 

How Do I Know If My Pet Is Drinking Enough Water?

The easiest way to check your pet’s water intake is to observe their water bowl. If you have only one pet drinking from a given bowl, you can get an idea of how much they are drinking from the water line and how often you refill it. In addition, you can tell if your pet is hydrated based on its behavior and mood. A few signs that your pet is hydrated include: 

  • They are energized and active
  • Their skin is elastic, not dry
  • They have a full, shiny coat that’s in good condition
  • Their eyes glisten and they have a perky attitude

For some pets, an underlying medical condition may be the reason they are not drinking enough water. Digestive upset is a common cause of dehydration and requires careful monitoring. If your pet simply doesn’t seem interested in drinking water, there are a few tricks you can use to encourage them. 

Tips to Get Your Pet to Drink More Water

Cats are particularly finicky about food and drink. Consider using a drinking fountain made especially for pets instead of a water bowl since cats prefer moving water. Regularly wash their water bowls and use several bowls to see which one they favor. You may also add your cat’s favorite flavors to the water in the form of broth. Just remember to replace these frequently since they spoil quickly. 

Dogs are generally easier to get to drink more water. Add flavor with a meat broth or incorporate wet foods into its diet. Make sure your dog drinks plenty of water in the summertime since many breeds are prone to overheating. 

Contact a Veterinarian for Assistance

If you are having a hard time getting your furry friend to drink enough water, turn to our veterinarians at Blue Lake Animal Hospital for advice. We can help you determine your pet’s hydration and nutritional needs at an appointment. 

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