In the height of summer heat it can be tough for even us humans to go outside. So it’s even more important to keep an eye on your animals and make sure they’re doing ok in this intense heat. Water intake always depends on size, season and diet so you’ll want to adjust accordingly. For example, if your dog eats a dry food diet, you’ll want a higher daily water intake. Also, if you’re unsure or your pet has special conditions, consult your vet for an accurate water intake.
Signs of dehydration: Dry gums, Lethargy or depression, Loss of appetite, Decrease in skin elasticity, Elevated heart rate
Daily Intake: 50-60ml of water per kilogram of body weight
Signs of dehydration: Dull, sticky gums, dry, sunken eyeballs and a dry nose and mouth, skin pinch test
Daily Intake: 0.5-1 oz. of water per pound of body weight
Signs of dehydration: Labored breathing and panting, Pale combs/wattles, Lifting wings away from body, Lethargy, Diarrhea
Daily intake: 1 pint – 1 gallon
Signs of dehydration: skin pinch test, dark urine, mucous membranes, poor capillary refill in gums, loss of glossy coat, lack of saliva, fatigue
Daily intake: 5-18 gallons
What Is The Skin Pinch Test?
To check if your dog is dehydrated, gently pull some of his skin and see how quickly it returns to normal. A slow return indicates dehydration.