Recommended Daily Water Intake For Dogs

by Colleen Fernandez

in Canine Nutrition, Health Problems

water bowlWater is extremely important to the health of your dog. Sixty percent of your adult dog’s body weight is accounted for by good old H2O, and 84% for puppies.

Dogs get fluids from eating and drinking and they also get what you call metabolic water, which is produced by the oxidation of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, and accounts for about 10% of your dog’s daily hydration needs.

H2O Does All Of The Following:

1. Carry nutrients throughout the body.
2. Lubricate body tissues.
3. Produce milk in the lactating female dog
4. Combine new cell materials.
5. Detoxify or flush out waste.
6. Regulate body temperature. Dogs cannot sweat so when dog pants it causes the evaporation of water from his tongue.

How Much H2O Does Your Boston Terrier Need?

Your Boston terrier should have access to H2O at all times. Healthy Boston terrier’s should be consuming about 1 cup (8oz) per five pounds of its body weight.

Lucy (my Boston terrier) weighs about 25 pounds (yes I know, she’s a big girl), so she should be getting about 5 cups per day from her food and water consumption. Careful though, dog’s can be over-hydrated as well, which can lead to a condition called, hyponatremia.

Not all water’s good for your dog … if it hasn’t been treated properly it can contain bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Tap water is generally considered safe though, but just as with people, it may be high in nitrates, iron, or magnesium, which can pose long-term health risks. Filtered water is always going to be the better choice.

What Does Your Boston Terrier Drink Out Of?

Your dog’s bowl should be cleaned regularly. The cleanest water in the world isn’t going to do a bit of good if it’s served in a dirty bowl. Stainless steel bowls are the easiest to clean and should be sanitized daily.

Also, make sure to replace your dog’s water throughout the day to ensure that it’s clean. Every time you drink something, make sure to think of your dog as well. Hydrated dogs are healthy dogs, so never cut your dog’s water intake!

Now Here’s A Cute Video Of A Boston Terrier Drinking!

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