Drinking Water For Dogs

Some dogs slurp up water as if they’ve been in the desert for months, while others will only go for an occasional drink. Whatever his thirst, water is absolutely essential for your dog, as it is with all animals.

How Much Water Should Your Dog Drink?

Sled dog breeds like the Siberian Husky may prefer to get their water from a thick Reindeer soup. And you may see breeds like the Lagotto Romagnolo dunking their whole head in their water bowls.

Some dogs will lap up water like they have been in the desert for months whilst others will only go for an occasional drink.


A German Shepherd drinking from its water bowl
A German Shepherd drinking from its water bowl

Your dog must be provided with a fresh, clean bowl of water at all times. After exercise and in hot weather your dog will be very thirsty, so it is vital that his bowl is always topped up. If you decide to feed your dog dry food then he will desperately want a drink once he has cleaned his bowl.


How Much Should Dogs Drink?

There is no standard amount of water that a dog should drink, some dogs tend to drink a lot and others aren’t too fussed, but it is important that you monitor how much your dog drinks to see if it changes. If you notice that your dog is drinking far more or less than he usually does it is best to contact your vet.


A Golden Retriever puppy drinking a bowl of water
A Golden Retriever puppy drinking a bowl of water

Should A Dog Drink Water If It Is Being Sick?

Only offer your dog small amounts of water if he is vomiting. Allowing him to drink as much as he likes will cause further vomiting and your dog will lose vital fluids and nutrients.


Bladder Infection

It is important to note that if your dog has a urinary infection then you should encourage him to drink regularly. It's true that you can't force a dog to drink, but if fresh cool water is always available, he'll be happy to lap it up.



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