Simply said, without water there is no life! We and our companion animals need it to stay alive.
Water is a vital commodity that regulates body temperature, transports nutrients via the bloodstream, eliminates waste and toxins, supports the organs (which includes the skin) and assists in every single one of the body’s complex functions.
Animals in the wild obtain most of the water they need to maintain their basic body functions from the different kind of foods that they eat. For carnivores, this comes from their prey.
Likewise, the dogs and cats that share our lives should be hydrated to a large extent by the food we give them but very often they are not. A diet of dark meat, chicken and fish has an abundance of moisture whereas it is obviously lacking in dry food.
HOW MUCH WATER TO DRINK?
Most dogs should drink between half an ounce and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.
A cat of average size and weight will need between 5 and 10 ounces of water per day.
Then there are those that require higher intake than this, namely,
- puppies and kittens
- toy breed dogs
- brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced) dogs and cats
- senior dogs and cats
- pets with certain medical conditions
KITTIES ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT. BUT WHO KNEW!
When they are thirsty enough, kitties will drink from a water bowl. However, they much prefer the constant trickle of this vital liquid when it comes from a pet water fountain, as you can well see from the photo.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!