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How Much Water Does My Dog Need?

Happy Summer Everybody! This is the best time of the year to enjoy the outdoors with your best friend. Whether you and your four-legged buddy like long walks or playful jaunts in the dog park, proper hydration is especially important as the temperature rises and the activity increases. This is a good time to take stock of how much water your dog consumes.

Why Water?

It may surprise you to learn that while most dogs instinctively know to drink just the right amount of water for their needs, some dogs simply don’t. So it’s very possible your own canine is could be under or over hydrated.

A good quality diet is an important aspect of keeping your dog healthy. Water, however, is the main component to maintain healthy cells in the body. Without water, your dog’s body will not be able to function properly. Water lubricates and cushions joints and makes movement easier. It also serves to cool the body down and works to maintain a normal body temperature, especially important in the warm season.

How Much Water?

According to Dr. Karen Becker, a Holistic Veterinarian, educated at the Iowa State, School of  Veterinary Medicine, your dog should drink between ½ to 1oz. of water per pound of body weight each day.  How much water your dog needs each day depends on several factors, including

the dog’s food source, level of activity, outdoor temperature, size and age.

‘Jersey’, my little golden doodle mix, weighs 26 lbs, gets moderate exercise, ( I know I should walk with her more) and has a mix of wet and dry dog food. She should be getting around 16 ounces of water per day.

Always keep your dog’s bowl filled with fresh, clean water. You may even want to have water available in a few areas of your home, just to make sure your dog has easy access.

It’s also very important to provide clean fresh water for your pet when you are away from home. Travel dog bowls are a great way to bring food and water. Always keep one in the car or luggage so that your dog can have water when needed.

I don’t suggest having your dog drink from the ‘public’ bowls merchants leave by their doors. They may signal that the store is pet friendly, but the water may not be fresh, the bowl may not be clean and it may be filled with bacteria that could cause illness in your pet. Often the wait staff a your favorite sidewalk café will provide a dish of fresh water for your pet.

Oops – Too Little/Too Much

Dehydration – To determine if your dog may need more water, lift some skin at the back of their neck and let it go. If your dog is well hydrated, the skin will fall quickly back into place. The skin of a dehydrated dog will fall more slowly and form sort of a tent. Another method is to check your dog’s gums. Moist, slick gums indicate a good level of hydration; dry or sticky gums mean your pet’s body needs more water.

To encourage your dog to drink more water, offer praise and maybe a treat whenever they drink from their water bowl., You can add yummy flavorings like chicken or bone broth to your dog’s water to make it more tempting.

If you have a new puppy this summer, take special care to monitor and encourage hydration. Their water consumption needs to be closely monitored, giving them small amounts of water every few hours.

Water Intoxication – Yea, that’s a thing. After a period of hard play or exercise, use caution when your dog rehydrates. If the dog immediately laps up the contents of the water bowl, rest him for a bit before you refill the bowl. If your dog is very active, it’s a good idea to have water with you when they exercise so that you can provide frequent short water breaks to maintain hydration.

Monitor your dog’s appearance and behavior when he’s playing in water. Be vigilant if your dog enjoys being sprayed with water from the hose or sprinkler. A hose or sprinkler is under pressure can cause the dog to ingest a large amount of water in a short amount of time.

If a dog ingests too much water too quickly, this may cause them to vomit. More distress for the dog and for you.

If you are not at home during the day and have to rely on a dog walker to your dog get exercise and relief, make sure they also monitor water consumption. Have the dog walker reward your pet with a fresh bowl of water and maybe a treat after each walk.

What kind of water

A good general rule is to give your dog the same water you drink. If you are comfortable drinking the tap water then give your dog tap water.

While most people automatically assume that bottled water is better, this may not necessarily be true. Bottlers often derive their water from the same municipal water source that comes from your tap, they just use different water treatment processes. So tap water in most cases is perfectly fine for your dog. However, in some parts of the country, not only does the bottled water taste better, but it can actually be healthier. So use your judgement and taste buds.

When out playing with your dog in the park or beach be mindful to not let your pet drink from the stagnant water, salt water, or really any water you would not drink yourself.

Almost done!

So let you dog get plenty of slurps. If you are concerned that your dog is not getting enough water, talk to your veterinarian for advice. Changes in your dog’s drinking habits, not related to activity may be an indicator of an underlying illness.  Maintaining proper hydration is too important to your dog’s health to ignore.

Sources – Pet MD, Web MD, Healthypets.mercola.com, Banfield.com, Whole Dog Journal


Best Dogs for Runners

Best dogs for runners

It’s widely agreed that owning a dog can improve your fitness, because of the daily walks involved. But what if you are already a keen walker or runner and want a dog to keep you company when you’re training for the next race or running off a hard week at work?

Best dogs for walkers

Whether you hike, fell walk or go for regular camping trips, a dog that can keep up with you for hours is going to enjoy the experience as much as you. Labradors have a good reputation as family dogs, but they are also good fun for walkers too. They love water and are athletic as long as they are healthy. Keep them healthy by hiking with them from the start of your time together. Bernese Mountain Dogs also thrive on activity, although they prefer shorter hikes. They can easily carry a pack and will stay close to their owner without a leash. Australian Shepherds and Cattledogs love a good climb, while retrievers and spaniels are happy to walk a distance with their owners. Even smaller dogs such as Papillons, West Highland Terriers or corgis make good walking companions. Beagles love long walks, but need to be kept on a leash in unfamiliar territory to prevent them from running off after every interesting scent. Poodles adore a walk, the dirtier the better, and if some swimming is involved too, they’re perfectly happy.

Best dogs for runners

Huskies were bred as sled dogs, for their strength and endurance, so they are ideal companions for long, cold, trail runs. They will even carry your pack for you. On cold weather hikes they can pull your gear on a sled, just as they were meant to. Hungarian Vizslas also have endurance for long distance running but don’t like the cold. Their lean, wiry build make them great swimmers and they are happy to lope alongside their running buddy for hours. Similarly, the pointer breeds are happy to run and if they lose sight of their owner, are quite capable of finding their way back to them. Retrievers, as well as being happy to walk with their owner, can up the pace to a jog. This dog would make an ideal buddy for a first time jogger or run-walker. Weimaraners, on the other hand, are high speed, long distance runners who need to be physically and mentally stimulated. Dalmatians, originally bred as carriage dogs, prefer to trot, and would enjoy running with a seasoned jogger, as they can typically manage around 15-20 miles. Dedicated trail runners might prefer the challenge of trying to exhaust a border collie, however.

Whether walking or running, owning a dog will do wonders for your fitness. It will also blow away the cobwebs if you have a desk-based job and leave you and your dog feeling mentally and physically refreshed and ready for any challenge. )��


Top ten dog foods and why

Wet, kibble or raw? Tins, pouches, bags or fresh?

Too confusing? How about trying your canine on human food, within reason? Many foods that we eat are also safe for your pooch, as outlined below.

1. Meat

Dogs need meat for energy, B vitamins and proteins. They do not adapt well to a vegetarian diet, but will appreciate tucking into a lean piece of chicken, pork or beef alongside you.

2. Fish

A love of cooked fish is something which dogs share with some humans and many cats. The cats’ favourite fish, tuna, is also good for dogs as it has high omega-3 which helps to maintain a shiny coat and strong immune system. If they don’t take to it, add fish oil to their normal meals.

3. Offal

The thought of eating liver turns some human stomachs. But dogs love this vitamin and iron rich food. Less than an ounce will give them plenty of nutrients without inducing a dangerous vitamin A overdose.

4. Oatmeal

Just as for humans, cooked oatmeal helps a dog’s digestion. This fiber-rich grain is recommended for older dogs especially, as its gentle effect helps digestion. It also works for dogs with special digestive needs or wheat intolerance.

5. Herbs

Herbs are a vast natural resource. Feed parsley to your dog and they will have instantly fresher breath. No more doggie halitosis; what could be better? Plus it will give them a mineral boost to go with all those vitamins from the meat you’re feeding them.

6. Vegetables

Dogs can eat vegetables, although it is recommended that they are combined with meat and other foods. Peas in particular are popular as part of kibble, being a valuable source of potassium. Sugar snap peas can be served raw, complete with the pod. They are just as crunchy for dogs as humans.

Carrots are another doggie favorite which help promote dental hygiene and strong teeth, so nothing wrong with asking your pooch ‘eh, what’s up Doc?’ from time to time.

Dried seaweed is also good for dogs (plus some humans find it’s yummy too). It gives dog – and human – metabolism a boost.

7. Dairy (so long as your dog is not lactose intolerant)

Cats are known to go for cream, evaporated milk and even some yogurt based desserts. But plain yogurt and cottage cheese with no added sweeteners are also good for dogs, because of their calcium content. Much as humans with bone issues are recommended to eat a diet containing sufficient dairy, so dogs will enjoy better bone and tooth health from slurping a kefir, cottage cheese or yogurt.

Cheese is also a good bet for dairy tolerant dogs. Low or reduced fat brands are good in small doses, or else buy a proprietary food mix with added cheese for flavor.

8. Oil

Fish oil has already been mentioned as a potential source of goodness for dogs. Coconut oil is protein rich and helps your dog’s skin with a blend of antibacterial and antiviral properties. Unsweetened coconut flakes are as good for your pet as they are for you.

9. Peanut butter

This staple of the utterly indispensable PB&J sandwich is also much beloved of dogs. Raw, unsalted, unsweetened, no artificial sweetener peanut butter provides protein and vitamins among many other benefits. Plus, it apparently makes a great filling for toys with suitable holes.

10. Eggs

Scrambled egg on toast is a human food staple. Your pup can likewise benefit from added protein in their diet from a fresh egg from a local smallholding too.

While buying proprietary dog food is quick and easy, there are plenty of alternatives available. Switching up your dog’s diet is a chance to find out what they like before they thieve it from your own plate.