Puppies and dogs of almost every breed are messy drinkers. It can often be hard to know exactly how much water your dog is getting in a day.
Most dog breeds near about an ounce of water per pound of its body weight daily, so a 15-pound dog will need just about a cup of water every day. Lactating or really active dogs will require more. If your dog is drinking more water than that, it might be a signal of a health problem.
What are the reasons for your dog being so thirsty?
There are many things that can affect your dog’s drinking regimen – from activity level to weather to diet.
Common sense will be your guide when it comes to understanding your dog’s thirst. If your furry pal is drinking excessive water, it is probably time to contact your vet.
In the meantime, here are some of the reasons why your dog is unusually thirsty:
Exercise, infection, illness, hot summer days – all of them lead to dehydration in dogs. Along with increased thirst, some of the other signs that your dog is dehydrated include dry gums and tongue, lethargy, and thick rope-like saliva.
If your dog is dehydrated, give it water but don’t let it have free access to water as drinking too much water too fast can cause vomiting.
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If you notice anything weird about your dog and his thirst and it is not active like usual, don’t hesitate in contacting the vet as your dog might be ill.
A dry food diet having as little as 5%-10% water can lead to noticeable thirst in your dog. Giving your dog high sodium foods can also make it thirsty.
Signs that your dog might have eaten something highly salty include diarrhea, tremors, vomiting, and depression.
Keep an eye on your dog’s water consumption
It is easier to notice a change in your dog’s drinking behavior if you develop a water routine.
- Refill its water bowl at roughly the same time every day
- Refill the bowl to the same level every time
- Pay close attention to how much water you’re putting in and how much water your dog is drinking
Water is important for your dog’s well-being and health. Never deprive your dog of water. In case you’re worried that your dog is drinking too much water or not drinking enough water, don’t hesitate in contacting the vet.