Avoiding Dog Dehydration: 5 Easy Steps

Dog dehydration occurs quickly. Approximately 90 percent of a dog’s body weight is water. If a dog’s water intake changes, it doesn’t take long before dehydration becomes a major concern. Left untreated, dehydration will kill within a few days. Make sure your dog remains hydrated by following these five easy steps.

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> Provide Fresh Water You wouldn’t want to drink a glass of water sitting around for days. Neither does your dog. Prevent dog dehydration easily by providing bowls of fresh water, both inside and out, a few times a day.

Try Flavored Water Certain dogs dislike drinking fresh water. If your dog is finicky and hates drinking water, beef or chicken flavored water is available at pet stores.

Offer Frozen Water<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> Try frozen water as an alternative to fresh water. Many dogs love lapping at a frozen chunk of ice and will work at the ice block for hours. Remove the ice when it becomes small enough to pose a choking hazard for your dog's size.

Serve Canned Food Canned food has a higher water content. You can always mix in additional water for added hydration.

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]-->Treat Illnesses Quickly Vomiting and diarrhea cause dog dehydration. If your dog is sick, offer additional fluids during the illness. Aside from more water, try broth-- stick with low-sodium options or make your own.