It’s Pet Hydration Month! Do you know if your dog is drinking enough water? How can you help make sure your dog does drink enough water? Mom is big on drinking water herself, and she takes care to make sure all us furry ones stay hydrated as well!
At our house, we have five different bowls of water around the house. Mom says having water readily available helps ensure we dogs drink enough. This silver bowl is the main indoor water bowl. It gets washed and filled at least once per day. It sits in our laundry room which is a central location in the house. We drink water straight from the tap in this bowl. My mom only drinks tap water at home, so she says it is fine for us too!
The most popular water bowl is in our home office where we spend most of our time during the day. Mom has our small Torus bowl serving us tasty filtered water in the office. Because of the popular location, it is not uncommon for it to be refilled and washed out, four to five times or more every day. The filtered water is tasty too!
In our back office, we have our large Torus bowl. This one is probably used the least of all, but is still refilled at least once a week and is washed with every refill. If you are wondering how to test your dog for dehydration, simply lift some skin and it should snap right back. If it is very slow to snap back, your dog my be dehydrated. Pushing on the gums is another way to test. They should return to a healthy pink within a second or so.
Upstairs we have our beloved water fountain. Initially, Mom got it for the cats, but it turns out, we dogs love the filtered running water! We will make the journey all the way upstairs just to get a drink! This fountain needs to be plugged in, and Mom wants it on a tile floor, so the upstairs bathroom is really the only good spot to keep it. Did you know a dog’s body is 80% water? This is another reason to make sure your dog has fresh, clean water at all times.
Lastly, we have our outdoor water bowl. This bowl is washed and filled at least once a day. It’s super important to change outdoor water at least daily to keep bacteria and diseases from growing in the bowl in the summer. Mosquitoes love old water too, and no one wants to attract those pests! Don’t use metal bowls outdoors as the summer heat makes them super hot, and in the winter, freezing is a danger to your dog!
What do you think? Does your pup drink enough water? Do you have any tips to make sure your dog stays hydrated?