Proper amounts of canine water consumption is vital to your pet, especially during those hot and steamy summer days.
Charleston temperatures are in full “summer swing” which has forced major adjustments in our daily routine.
We walk much earlier and longer in the mornings and remain inside during the afternoon. My Boys have become #draculadoodles – nocturnal creatures – playing ball at dusk most days.
I try to encourage both Harley and Jaxson to drink more water so they can remain hydrated, but I never really understood how much water is really enough for their individual size and weight.
HOW MUCH WATER? –
The amount of water your dog needs depends on several factors –
- activity level
From what I’ve read there is a “general rule” for healthy dogs – 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day.
Leaning towards the higher number, my calculations for 70 lb Jaxson X 1 ounce = 70 ounces or close to 9 cups per day.
If my math is correct, I’m in big trouble, because I doubt seriously if Jaxson consumes that much water every day.
Pawhaps 3/4 ounce is closer to reality equaling approx. 6.5 cups of water each day.
DOES YOUR DOG KNOW WHAT’S ENOUGH? –
To be honest, I always thought (like humans) dogs instinctively knew how much water their bodies needed. As long as I kept clean, fresh water in the bowl at all times, I imagined they would drink precisely the amount they required. #mysimpleplan
Not always the case. While some dogs do, many dogs DON’T drink enough or they drink too much.
Dr. Karen Becker offers help for those Over or Under-Drinkers in this article.
A change in the amount of water consumption can also be an indicator of an underlying illness. Drastic shifts from their normal drinking habits may warrant a veterinarian visit to rule out certain serious conditions.
SLURPING GREEN SMOOTHIES –
If you follow us on FaceBook you already know about the Lowcountry Street Grocery bus that parks in my neighborhood every Thursday. Fresh fruits and veggies locally grown, and they love dogs!!!…
It’s inspired the Boys and I to share green smoothie concoctions several times a week.
Our go-to mid day treat full of nutrition is cold and refreshing, healthy, tasty, and good for all of us…
Right now we’re slurping on various combinations of –
- baby spinach
I am mindful not to “over-indulge” with their servings. No more than 1/2 cup each day for them…
The rest over ice for me…
Recipes for green smoothies are plentiful on the internet. Be mindful of your ingredients. Keep to those “safe” fruits and veggies that your dog can consume.
If you’re not sure about what fruits and veggies to share with your pet – the American Kennel Club has an excellent guide.
Hope you have a happy, healthy, hydrated summer!
We’re in a summer state of mind ❤️