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How to Know About Your Dog's Health by Their Water Intake
What Does Water Intake Affect Dogs’ Health?
How Much Water Does a Dog Drink Per Day?
Is the Sudden Increase in Water Intake a Sign of Illness?
Other Conditions May Cause Dogs to Drink a Lot of Water
Tips for Owners Concerning Their Dogs’ Water Intake
People have long known that water is the source of life, and this is also true for dogs. For a dog, the water content in the body is about 60%, and the water content of a puppy will be even higher. If the dog's body is short of 20% water, it may be life-threatening.
Without eating for two days will not do much harm to the dog’s health, but without drinking water for one day will be very problematic.
What is the Role of Moisture?
Both animals and humans can exchange heat with the outside world through respiration and body surface evaporation to help control body temperature. Water is the carrier of metabolism, and the cell structure and endocrine can remain normal after having water. At the same time, nutrients can be fully absorbed by the body only after being dissolved in water.
How Much Water Does a Dog Drink Every Day?
Under normal circumstances, the water requirement of a healthy dog is 50~100ml/day/body weight, and puppies need even much more water.
Is the Sudden Increase in Water Intake a Sign of Illness?
Sometimes, the dog suddenly drinks a lot of water, and its urination volume increases and it urinates frequently. Pay attention to this situation, when this happens, it is likely that the dog is sick. If the dog not only has a sharp increase in drinking water but also has the following symptoms, you should pay extra attention to it.
1.If the dog drinks a lot of water, and its urination volume increases and it urinates frequently, but its appetite and weight decrease, and the dog’s body become swollen, its urine is dark, etc., then your dog is likely to be suffering from kidney disease, which will cause the water cannot be fully absorbed, then a large amount of water will be excreted after drinking water. In fact, there is short of water in the body, that’s why the dog needs to drink a lot of water.
2.When the dog drinks a lot of water, and its urination volume increases and it has a very good appetite, but the dog loses its weight, and there is vomiting, diarrhea, abdomen bulge, leg hair loss, etc., Your dog may suffer from uterine thickening, the unsterilized middle-aged dogs especially the unsterilized dogs that have never delivered babies are susceptible to this disease.
3.When the dog drinks a lot of water, and its urination volume increases and it has a good appetite, but your dog loses too much weight, and it is sluggish, meanwhile you find it has cataracts, in this situation you may consider the dog has diabetes. The dachshund is easy to catch this disease. Dogs with diabetes have an imbalance in the ratio of minerals such as potassium and sodium in the body, and a lot of water is needed to metabolize these trace elements. To replenish water, dogs often drink a lot of water.
4. When the dog drinks a lot of water, and its urination volume increases and it has a good appetite, but the dog’s skin becomes thin, and the dog even has wrinkles, hair loss, lethargy, or obesity, it is very likely to suffer from the adrenal cortex hyperfunction. The dachshunds and poodles are more susceptible to this disease.
If dogs suffer from adrenal hyperfunction, their body's sugar metabolism is very fast, so a lot of water is needed to participate in the metabolism of sugar. Otherwise, the concentration of salt in the blood is too high, and the dog will be anxious, so the dog has to drink a lot of water.
5. When the dog drinks a lot of water, and its urination volume increases, but your dog suffers from urinary incontinence and loses appetite, accompanied by weight loss and dehydration, then the dog may have diabetes insipidus. The pituitary function of the brain being impaired is the cause, which controls the dog's urination function, resulting in excessive urination. The dog will drink a lot of water to supplement the lost water.
Other Conditions Cause the Dog to Drink a Lot of Water
1. If the dog has a fever, or suffers from respiratory diseases like polypnea, the dog will also take in a lot of water. Drinking more water while having fever will help the dog fight against the disease.
2. When dogs eat bad food, they will experience diarrhea or vomiting, and even dehydration. In this case, the dog will increase the intake of water to supplement the body water lost out of the body's active regulation.
3. The dog may have a mild heatstroke on hot summer days, but if you didn’t notice it, then the dog's body self-regulation mechanism kicks in, and the dog will actively drink more water to regulate its temperature.
Some Special Cases Cause Your Dog to Drink Lots of Water
But don't panic -- not all cases are a sign of illness; dogs also drink a lot of water in the following situations.
1. When the food is too salty
For example, if you feed your dog some food with too much salt, you will find that your dog will drink a lot of water. This is normal and there is no need to worry too much, but the best solution is to stick to dog food.
2. When the dog eats too much meat
After feeding a pot of beef to your dog, although there is no salt, dogs still need to drink a lot of water after eating a lot of meat.
3. When you feed your dog different dog food
Dogs are used to eating canned wet food, and suddenly you change it to dry food, the water content of dog food varies greatly. Dogs will suddenly feel thirsty and drink a lot of water to replenish water.
4. When the dog has too much exercise
Usually, your dog has less exercise, maybe just walk half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the morning, but on the weekend, you will take your dog for an outing, all of a sudden your dog plays whole day outside, its water intake will surely increase.
5. When the temperature is high
In summer, when the temperature is high, dogs need to drink lots of water to bring their body temperature down. Be sure to prepare clean water in your dog's birdbath at all times.
6. When the weather is dry
During winter, the weather is very dry, the amount of water in your dog's body and the water in the dog’s basin evaporates fast. You may feel suddenly that your dog drinks too much water.
7. When the air conditioner or other heating devices are turned on in the room
When it comes to the cold season, you will see your dog drinking a lot of water as the air conditioner is turned on. This is due to the drier air and lower humidity caused by heating and air conditioner, so dogs need to drink much water in this environment.
Tips for Owners Concerning Their Dogs’ Water Intake:
There are many situations in which dogs drink a lot of water, but not all the signs are of the disease. You should know whether your dog drink normally in a logical way during the daily feeding, do not panic. If you are not sure of the situation, it is recommended to consult a pet doctor, so you will not miss the best treatment time.