Sometimes, dogs and cats don't want to drink water like they should. I'm the same way. I know it's good for me, but I just don't want to drink it sometimes. Here's a few things you can try with your pets to make sure they stay hydrated and encourage them to drink more water:
- Add ice cubes to their water bowl.
- Use a pet fountain. Some pets prefer to drink from running water.
- Turn on the sink faucet. This mostly applies to cats who like to drink from the sink.
- Give your pet wet food.
- Add some water or broth to dry kibble.
- Make a pet friendly popsicle.
- Put a water bowl in more than one room of your house. Keep one outdoors too.
Do you know how much water your pet should drink each day? By knowing the amount of fluids your pet should be getting, you can better monitor their water intake. This is helpful in case you need to encourage them to drink more often.
Pets need to consume about one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day to stay hydrated. They may need even more than that if they are exercising or are in hot weather. For example, my dog weighs about 50 pounds and needs to drink just over 6 glasses of water a day.
PetSafe has created an infographic for Pet Hydration Month that shares some valuable information about pet hydration, signs and symptoms of dehydration in pets, and the amount of water your pet should drink each day. You can view the infographic here.
She has no trouble drinking this much water, thankfully. I provide her water in different places in the house. Mostly, she drinks her water in the kitchen but we also have a PetSafe Original Drinkwell Fountain in the laundry room that gets some use.
How do you keep your pet hydrated?