Water is one of the most important nutrients in your dogs diet and you should know how much is enough for him.
A dog will drink about 1 cup of water for every 10 pounds of body weight each day and should drink the same amount of water every day as well. If it is hot outside or if your dog has been out running he may drink more. A nursing mother or a new medication could also cause your dog to drink more water daily. If your dog is ill or fed moisture rich food, such as canned dog food, he may drink less.
If you would like to make sure your pooch is drinking a sufficient amount of water each day, simply monitor his consumption. Serve your dog a full bowl of water in the morning. If he is 50 pounds, give him 5 cups. Measure what is left in his water bowl just before bedtime. If it is empty, serve up a little more the next day. Keep a log of his water consumption for the next 4-5 days to determine an average amount.
Any unusual changes in your dog's water consumption could indicate a problem. Be sure to call your veterinarian to rule out any medical problems.
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