Dogs Need WaterHow much should dogs drink?


It’s important to always have fresh, clean water available for your dog. I have actually seen dogs develop “drinking problems” because their owners deprived them of water. So when they finally get some, they drink it all as fast as they can. And they often become obsessed about getting all the water they can and act OCD about it.


Wouldn’t you do the same if you didn’t know when you’d get your next drink, and were worried that if you left anything or drank too slowly, it would be taken away? (This is an example of The Pooch Coach’s empathic dog training(sm) We get into your dog’s head so you understand why he’s exhibiting a behavior).


So, how much is too much – or too little?


Most dogs need about an ounce of fluids per pound of body weight per day, so a 10-pound dog needs a bit over a cup of clean water daily. Really active or lactating dogs may need more and puppies generally drink more than adult dogs. If your dog drinks a lot more than that, it may signal a health problem.


It all depends on his activity level, size, age and the weather, but in general, an average dog needs to drink between 8.5 to 17 ounces of water per 10 pounds (55 to 110 milliliters per kilogram) per day.


It’s important to know what’s common for your dog so that you can tell if they are not feeling well. Pay attention to how much he is drinking. You can even measure it out occasionally to have an accurate read. Then, if he seems to be slowing down or increasing his intake, you will know something’s up. If it’s dramatically different, see your vet.


If it’s mild, look for other symptoms (e.g. diarrhea, coughing, lethargy, lack of appetite). If there is a combination of any symptoms, also get to your vet for tests.


So, conserve water if you’re in a drought area like CA… But don’t skimp on a few fresh ounces for Fido!