Keeping your dog hydrated
A constant supply of fresh water is essential to your dog’s good health and comfort. Water is very important, representing an estimated 70 percent of the dog’s weight. Like man, a dog can go without food for a surprisingly long time, but if he is deprived of water, he can’t survive for more than a few days, or even hours, in a hot, dry environment. A dog’s water consumption varies according to the climate to his activity, and to the composition of his meals. Heat and exercise will dehydrate him quickly and he will get thirsty in cars or confined spaces.However, excessive thirst for no good reason should be reported to your vet, because it may be an early symptom of diabetes or kidney trouble. At home your pup should have a clean, full water bowl next to his food dish, another in his play area, and possibly a third one that is accessible at night. Away from home the problem is more difficult…Caustic chemicals, weed-killers and insecticides on lawns and golf courses contaminate most standing water and a thirsty dog will be attracted to water in the gutter, in stagnant pools and rain puddles.. Try to train your dog to drink only from his own bowl or what you offer him – keep a water-filled plastic container with you or in your car, especially if you plan on a lot of walking or running during hot weather.