Water is the main component of healthy, living cells of the body. Without water, your dog’s body will not function properly. More specifically, your dog will dehydrate.
This can happen if your dog isn’t getting enough water, which is why you should clean and refill your dog’s water bowl daily.
You also need to be aware of when your dog is drinking more water than usual, as this could be a sign of illness.
So how much water should a dog drink? Find out whether your dog is drinking enough water or more water than usual.
How Much Water Does a Dog Need?
There are several ways to estimate how much water an individual dog needs, and this tend to vary due to individual circumstances.
In general, dogs should drink approximately 1 ounce of water (1/8 of a cup) per pound of body weight each day. However, there are many factors that can affect how much your dog will drink, so you should not be restricting your dog’s water intake.
Unless directed by your veterinarian, it’s not necessary to measure out the exact water amounts your pet drinks. Just make sure that your dog has plenty of fresh, clean water every day.
Why Your Dog Might Drink Less Water Sometimes
Here are a few common reasons why a dog might be drinking less water than usual.
Your Dog Is Eating Wet Food or a Homemade Diet
Dogs that are fed a canned food or a homemade diet will receive some moisture through their food, as these are about 65-80% water. You might notice that your dog drinks less than when eating only dry kibble on a daily basis.
Your Dog May Be Sick or in Pain
If your dog is sick from another underlying cause, or has mobility or pain issues, they also might not drink the amount of water they need. Talk with your veterinarian to figure out why your dog is not drinking enough water and how you can help.
Your Dog Is Hot or Exercising
Depending on the temperature and the amount of exercise your dog does, more water may be necessary. This is because water is lost with excessive panting and salivation.
Can Dogs Drink Tap Water?
Tap water that is safe for people is also safe for dogs. In most cases, tap water is fine for your dog. However, if you live in a place with unsafe tap or well water, please discuss options with your veterinarian for providing bottled or filtered water for your dog.