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Water is necessary for your dog's good health

Does your dog let you know when his water and food bowls are empty? How do they do they do this? Are they persistent or stubborn in their expectations for rapid refilling of these bowls?

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Like all animals, dogs need water to remain healthy. If they are not given enough to drink they can quickly become dehydrated. This can become a serious problem if left unaddressed.

Dogs do not have to even think about needing water. Like us, thirst drives them to drink when they need hydrating.  Actually, they do a better job of this than do many humans.

Humans are known to ignore thirst or to drink when we are not thirsty. Neither of which is a good thing to do and can cause health problems if done often enough.

Watch How Zeus Insists On Having His Water Bowl Filled

Although Zeus is a pretty smart dog, it is his inborn need for water that drives him to insist on having his bowl refilled. Zeus speaks up and demands that his bowl be filled asap!

This thirsty dog does not stop barking until his bowl has been filled. Zeus can be both demanding and stubborn when necessary! He is just as insistent on having his food bowl filled when it is meal time.

 The Importance Of Water

dog drinking water from a metal bowl outside
Water is necessary for your dog’s good health

Hydration is critically important for both man and his best friend. There are many health problems that can be avoided if we maintain a proper level of fluiid in our bodies. About 60% of our bodies is comprised of water!

I will give you  two examples of problems caused by or made worse by not having enough water. One of these is more serious than the other but neither would be pleasant for humans or dogs.

  1. Heat stroke
  2. Constipation

Your dog obtains water in more than one way. In addition to what they drink,  they get a certain amount from the food they eat. The tital amount that they need depends on several things, some of which are as follows.

  • Dog’s weight
  • Age of dog and health of kidneys
  • Activity level of dog
  • The heat level of the dog’s surrounding atmosphere

Types Of Water And Availability Of Water Dispensers

Because it is so important for our dogs to have enough water, some people use automatic dispensers. There are many of these on the market. It is a safe and easy way to make sure water is always available.

The type of water is not as important as some people believe it to be. Some people insist on only giving their fur babies filtered or bottled water. They are concerned about the chemical, high minereal or bacterial content in tap water.

Others think that because a dog’s stomach is less delicate than a human’s stomach. Just  think about all the nasty things you see your dog eat without getting sick and you might agree.

Another imporant point is that a dog rarely drinks unless they are thirsty so they occasionally leave some in their bowl. The fluid is allowed to dissipate many of the chemicals. Minerals can settle on the bottom of the bowl. So, filtered water is not needed.

More Importantly…

Its availability and the cleanliness of the bowl are two of the most important factors. Never use food bowls for water unless they have been thoroughly sanitized. Even a tiny amount of food can lead to bacterial growth.

Fresh, clean water in sanitized containers is important during all four seasons. However, it is especially important in hot weather. If you are tempted to add ice to the bowl during very hot weather, read this first.

https://happymutt.org/life-saving-tips-on-giving-ice-to-your-dog/

Back To Zeus Demanding A Refill

Typical for Zeus, he has no problem letting everyoe know what he needs! His vocal protests let it be known that his bowl is empty and he wants it refilled asap. He us not bashful about making his displeasure known!

Do you have any problem understanding what Zeus is trying to tell you?

 

Bonus

If you love Huskies, be sure to watch this video. https://excellentdogsclub.com/when-the-owners-are-away-this-mischievous-husky-will-play/

 

Original story courtesy of @ZeusTheStubbornHusky

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As Wife, Mother of 5, and Nana of many more, I have known and loved many dogs who were treasured members of our family. My education, experiences in showing, breeding, and developing pedigree-based breeding programs for others gives me a strong background upon which to base articles of interest to most dog lovers. However, it is my great love for dogs that gives me the passion to share them with other dog lovers.

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