If I had a dollar for every time that I filled water bowls around here for the past 8 years I’d be one rich lady.
Let’s see…………we have a total of 3 water bowls in the house and 1 outside.
The water bowl upstairs gets filled at least 4 times a day.
The bowl downstairs about 3 times a day.
The bowl in the front room about twice a day.
And the bowl outside about 4 times a day.
The bowls aren’t always dry but sometimes there’s more slobber in the bowl than water and every bowl is always filled fresh each morning regardless.
Right there I’m looking at $13 a day. That’s a minimum.
That would be $37,960 over 8 years.
Alright, so I technically I wouldn’t be rich but I’d have some chump change.
It’s my job to keep their water bowls filled. I can grab a bottle of water when I’m thirsty but they can’t. Instead they rely on us to keep their water bowls filled and fresh.
And since 80% of a dog’s body is made up of water it’s extremely important that I’m doing a good job and that the boys get the water they need to stay fit and healthy. (Human bodies are made up of about 55%-60% water)
On average dogs need about 1/2- 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight a day.
That means that Sherman and Leroy EACH need 160 ounces of water per day according to PetMD
That’s about 40 cups or 10 quarts of water every day.
So what would happen if I didn’t supply Sherman and Leroy with enough water?
They would become dehydrated and stop functioning. It’s that simple.
What happens when we get dehydrated?
Our bodies become sluggish, our brains foggy. We get headaches, feel dizzy and our muscles begin to cramp. In severe cases of dehydration our bodies begin to shut down, organ by organ.
The same thing happens to dogs but faster.
Water makes a dog function.
- It helps digestion, the brain, the lungs, the muscles and it helps blood flow through the veins.
- Water flushes toxins through the body. When a dog drinks water it flushes toxins out through the kidneys. If there’s not water moving through the dog he absorbs these toxins.
- Water regulates a dog’s body temperature. When a dog pants they are losing water and need to have that replaced!
According to Dr. Patrick Mahaney, even a 10% lose of water from a dog’s body can lead to serious health issues.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at PetSafe to help spread the word about the importance of keeping your pet hydrated. They’ve created a fun infographic to help owners understand the important role that water plays in their pets life and we’ll be sharing some tips throughout the month about how we keep Sherman and Leroy hydrated in the summer months.
p.s. Since Newfoundlands are prone to bloat we monitor excessive drinking around here especially after eating and exercising. For more information on bloat please visit here.
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