As we all know, without water there is no life! Besides, we can then logically conclude that well-hydrated pets stay healthier. In fact, just like us, our companion animals need it not only to stay alive, but must consume this precious liquid in the right amount. That’s because adequate hydration is an absolute necessity to help protect against illness and disease.
Water is a vital commodity that regulates body temperature, transports nutrients via the bloodstream, and eliminates waste and toxins. It also supports the organs (including the skin) and assists in every single one of the body’s complex functions.
In the wild, animals need water to maintain their basic body functions and stay strong to survive. They obtain it mostly from the different kinds of foods that they eat. In the case of carnivores, this comes from their prey.
Similarly, adequate hydration boosts pet health. Certainly, the dogs and cats that share our lives should be hydrated to a large extent by the food we give them. However, 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?
In order to be well-hydrated, most dogs should drink between half an ounce and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.
And when it comes to cats of average size and weight, adequate hydration translates to between 5 and 10 ounces of water per day.
However, there are exceptions. Some pets require greater quantities than these.
- puppies and kittens
- toy breed dogs
- brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds of 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, take another look at the photo at the top of this page. As you can tell, felines much prefer the constant trickle of this vital liquid when it comes from a pet water fountain.
To Sum Up
Pets that are well-hydrated generally stay healthier longer. So, if you are drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, then kudos to you. Now, you need to ensure that your companion animals are getting the amount that’s best for them, too.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!