The Importance of Water in Your Dog’s Diet

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The Importance of Water in Your Dog’s Diet

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A balanced diet is absolutely essential for your dog’s overall health. Water is a very important component of your dog’s daily nutritional requirements. After all, it is the main component of the cells in their body. Without enough water, their bodies will not function properly and your dog will end up dehydrated.What exactly does water do?Water is responsible for carrying and moving important nutrients in and out of the cells in the body. It aids in digestion and helps the body with nutrient absorption. It also cools down the body and maintains a normal body temperature.Water also cushions and lubricates joint and makes movements easier. The internal tissues and spinal cord are also cushioned by water and the waste in the body is removed via bowel movements and urination.So, to cut a long story short, almost every important function in your dog’s body requires water and without sufficient amounts, your dog can become seriously dehydrated and ill. Eventually, it will lead to organ damage and if the deficiency lasts long enough, it will cause the organs to shut down.

Adequate amount

Make sure that your dog has clear, clean water that is easily accessible. Make sure that his water bowl is always full and when you refill it, do it with fresh, clean water. Dogs approximately drink an ounce of water for every pound of their body weight. However, there are a bunch of factors that can affect this. Depending on the exercise your dog gets on a daily basis or the environmental temperature, he might need more water, as he will end up losing a lot of it due to excessive salivation and panting.

Signs of dehydration

In general, your dog will drink enough water to make sure that he is well hydrated. However, if he is suffering from illnesses like metabolic disorders (like diabetes) or a kidney disease, it can cause more dehydration. Nursing/pregnant animals are also at a risk of getting dehydrated more easily.If you want to check whether your dog is dehydrated, just pick up a fold of skin over his shoulder blades, pull it up and release it. Watch to see how the skin falls back into place. If the water level in his body is normal, the skin will snap back into place. If there is considerable dehydration, the skin will stay up or fall back into place slowly.Another place you can look for dehydration is your dog’s mouth. If the gums look pale, sticky or dry, it is a sign of dehydration and illness. They might also have dry and sunken eye balls as well as a dry mouth and nose. If you are worried that your dog is not getting the hydration he needs, talk to your vet for more advice.

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