It’s super important for your pet pooch to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only is water essential for your dog to stay hydrated, but it also keeps them healthy. Ensuring your dog drinks plenty of water increases their overall wellbeing, helps to reduce dehydration and helps to prevent kidney failure. But just how much water should your dog drink?

The amount of water your dog needs depends on a number of factors. These are:

  • Their average body temperature. Dogs produce sweat on areas of their body that aren’t covered with hair, such as their nose. This means they have to drink more water on hot days to replace the water they lose through perspiring.
  • Their activity duration. You’ve probably noticed that after a long walk your dog will tend to drink more water. It’s important they do this to keep their fluid balance steady.
  • The type of food they eat. If your dog prefers to eat dry food then they’ll need to drink more water to make up for the lack of moisture in their diet.

On average your dog needs to drink 1/2 – 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily. 1 ounce is approximately 0.03 litres and 1 pound is approximately 0.45 kg.

If your dog’s a puppy then they need to drink a small amount of water every couple of hours. On average puppies need to drink 1/2 cup of water every 2 hours, although this can vary depending on their breed.

Tips to help dogs drink more water:

  • Every time your dog has a drink offer them praise or a small treat.
  • Switch from dry dog food to one that is moisture rich.
  • Keep numerous water bowls around your home so your dog can always drink easily.
  • Buy a dog water fountain as just the sound of running water can make your dog drink more water.
Puppies drinking water

Puppies drinking water

Is my dog hydrated?

There’s a really simple test you can do to check if your dog is properly hydrated.

Just gently pinch a loose fold of skin, either on the back of their neck or in between their shoulder blades, and release. If the skin instantly snaps back into place, then your pet is hydrated. However, if the skin slowly returns back into place, then your dog could be dehydrated.

If your dog is dehydrated make sure you give them some water and take them to a local vet to get them checked over.