Most pet owners think their pets drink when they’re thirsty, but how can you tell when your pet is drinking enough water? It’s essential to be aware of the indications that your pet hasn’t had sufficient water as summer approaches. This week’s blog will provide you with the information you need to know if your pet is drinking enough water.
What is My Pet’s Daily Water Needs?
Pups and kitties will consume more water than their adult counterparts. In addition, it seems like they drink more because they are often active and use their water bowls as splash pools. Moreover, adult dogs should drink an ounce of water per pound of their weight.
Of course, activity levels will boost the amount of fluid your dog needs to stay hydrated. Additionally, adult cats need to drink between 5 to 10 ounces of water each day. You may also minimize that amount if they are consuming moist canned food.
How Do You Tell If Your Pet is Drinking Enough Water?
You know if your pet is drinking enough water based on their water bowl. You can tell by the bowl’s water level and how often you must refresh their water bowl. There are also physical signs that your pet is well-hydrated too.
- Your pet is active, not sluggish
- Their skin is flexible
- Their fur is shiny and in good condition
- And they have happy sparkling eyes
Furthermore, there can be a potential underlying health condition if your pet isn’t drinking sufficient water. Attempt some tricks to encourage your pet to drink more water before worrying.
How Can I Encourage My Pet to Drink More Water?
Additionally, cats can be particular about food and beverages. They have personal preferences, and you might have to make accommodations. For instance, kitties like moving water. They enjoy playing with running water. Cats are also meticulous, so keep their water bowls clean and constantly refresh their kitty water fountain.
On the other hand, dogs are simple to allure to consume more water. It would help to flavor their water with meat broth. Also, integrate moist canned food into their meals or submerge dry food with water.
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Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.
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