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Drinking water for dogs

Water is the unsung hero of a dog's life. We all know our furry pals wag their tails at the mere mention of treats or a game of fetch, but what about the vital role water plays in their lives? Welcome to the hydrating world of dogs. From lapping up their H2O to those adorable messy snout dips in the bowl, water is more than just a thirst quencher for our four-legged friends. In this guide, we're diving nose-first into the essential hows, whys, and whats of dogs and drinking water. Whether you're curious about how much water your dog truly needs, concerned about their hydration habits, or pondering over the perfect bowl for those slobbery sips, we've got your back.

Retriever drinking out of an Omlet dog bowl in sage colour.
An Omlet dog bowl is perfect to keep your pet hydrated.

How much water does my dog need?

Just like us, dogs rely on water to survive and thrive. On average, a dog should drink about an ounce of water per pound of body weight daily. But, this can vary based on factors like size, activity level, diet, and environment. Always ensure fresh water is available throughout the day, especially after exercise or during warmer weather.

Is my dog drinking enough water?

Observing your dog’s water intake is crucial. Signs of adequate hydration include moist gums, normal skin elasticity, and a well-lubricated nose. Monitoring the frequency of water bowl refills and your dog’s bathroom habits can also give you an idea if they’re drinking enough water. If you notice a significant decrease in water consumption or any signs of dehydration, it’s best to consult your vet promptly.

Why is my dog not drinking water?

Several reasons could contribute to decreased water intake. Illness, stress, a change in routine, or even discomfort due to your dog’s bowl material or placement might discourage drinking. Also, some dogs - particularly those that are smaller or older - might find it challenging to reach the water bowl if it’s placed too high or too low. Experimenting with bowl types and locations can help to encourage them to drink more.

Should a sick dog drink water?

Absolutely! Staying hydrated is crucial for a sick dog’s recovery. But, some illnesses or medications may cause increased thirst or decreased appetite, making it challenging for your dog to drink. If your dog refuses water for more than 24 hours or shows signs of dehydration, consult your vet immediately. They might suggest alternative ways to keep your dog hydrated, like offering ice chips or using a syringe to administer water.

Large german shepherd lying in Nest Bed next to the Omlet dog bowl in sage colour.
Omlet dog bowls are engineered with anti-topple technology to prevent spills during dinner.

What’s the best water bowl for my dog?

Choosing the right doggy water bowl can make a surprising difference. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are generally preferred as they are durable, easy to clean, and don’t retain odors or bacteria like plastic ones can. For larger dogs, consider elevated bowls to ease strain on their neck and joints. Some dogs also prefer fountains or automatic water dispensers that keep the water fresh and moving, enticing them to drink more.

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we care about dogs in a complete and well-rounded fashion. From our cozy dog beds that cradle their sleep to our designer dog leashes that match their style to our easy-to-clean dog bowls that keep dehydration at bay, we design products that keep your pup healthy and happy. Ensuring your dog stays properly hydrated is essential for their overall health and well-being. By monitoring their water intake, choosing the right bowl, and being attentive to any changes in behavior, you can help your furry friend stay happy and healthy. And by choosing Omlet to be your pet parenting partner, we can provide you with all the products you need.

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