Your Dogs Water And Beverages Things Pet Owners Should Consider

Your Dogs Water And Beverages Things Pet Owners Should Consider



A constant supply of​ fresh water is​ essential to​ your dog's good health and comfort. Water is​ very important,​ representing and 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 dehydrate him quickly. He gets very thirsty in​ cars or​ any confined space. However,​ excessive thirst for not good reason should be reported to​ your vet,​ because it​ may be an​ early symptom of​ diabetes or​ kidney trouble.

At home he 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. a​ thirsty dog is​ attracted to​ water in​ the​ gutter,​ in​ stagnant pools and rain puddles. Clean rain water is​ fine,​ but hard to​ find.

Caustic chemicals used to​ melt snow on​ streets and sidewalks,​ weed-killers and insecticides on​ lawns and golf courses contaminate most standing water and should be avoided. Try to​ train your dog to​ drink only from his own bowl or​ what you​ offer him. Try to​ 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.

Milk is​ the​ only liquid,​ aside from water,​ that appeals to​ dogs and still agrees with them,​ (although it​ may cause loose stools). They are seldom tempted by other drinks and particularly dislike carbonated drinks. Milk is​ always another good source of​ protein but should not be used as​ a​ substitute for meat. Most any flavored drink should be avoided,​ as​ it​ only tends to​ irritate the​ kidneys,​ causing frequent urination and dehydration.




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