How much water does your pet really need to drink each day? It might surprise you to learn that your dog or cat needs one ounce of water for every pound of body weight each and every day! Wow, that means my Nike girl should be drinking about 60-65 ounces of water – that’s over half a gallon each and every day!
July is National Pet Hydration Month, and I can’t think of a better time that the middle of the hot Summer to remind pet parents how important it is for their furry companions to drink plenty of water each day. After all, your pet’s body is made up of 80 percent water; by comparison, the human body is only 55-60 percent water. Yikes!
Take a look at this great infographic from PetSafe to learn more about the importance of properly hydrating your pet, and then we’ll chat some more below!
You’ve probably heard that pets don’t sweat, but that’s not entirely true. Cats do sweat through their paws, and your dog’s version of sweating comes in the form of panting. And as they sweat, especially in the heat of summertime, it’s imperative to rehydrate pets by encouraging them to drink plenty of water. Around our house, that means there are water bowls or fountains to be found in just about every room!
Currently, we’ve got a Drinkwell Big Dog Fountain in our kitchen, a Pagoda Fountain upstairs in our bedroom, a small water bowl in both my husband’s and my offices, and the Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Fountain on our deck.
Both Nike and Georgie, as well as our cat Snickers, love the fountains, and I truly believe that ever since we began using the Big Dog Fountain a couple of years ago, they drink a lot more water than before. I highly recommend using a water fountain for your pets, and I can almost guarantee that your pets will agree.
Your turn: how do you encourage your pets to drink plenty of water? If you have a tip, I’d love for you to share it here!