When thinking about nutrition, most dog owners forget that water, not food, is the most important nutrient. All mammals, including humans and dogs can only last a few days without water. Within hours of water deprivation, the body begins shutting down blood flow to non-vital systems (skin, muscle, intestine, kidneys and other abdominal organs) in order to preserve water for the heart and brain. The water need of dogs is not a constant. The amount needed per day is dependent on many environmental and individual factors.
Basic Water Needs of Dogs
An easy rule of thumb is to provide at least 1-8oz. cup of water for each 10lbs. of body weight. The water bowel for every dog, Chihuahua to Great Dane, should always be larger than the food bowel. This amount of water is only a starting estimate. Individual dogs may need more water depending on their level of…
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