However, leaving a dog with access to an unlimited supply of water is not always an option… so how much water should you leave for your dog?
The type of dog you have, the size of your dog, age of your dog and general health of your dog all come into play when figuring out how much dogs drink. The basic rule is that your dog should drink an ounce for every pound s/he weighs, but this is just that, a basic rule.
There are dog breeds, like Mastiffs, that produce a lot of saliva and drink a large amount of water.
Naturally, play time and warm weather will make your dog drink a little more than normal, but it could also be a sign of illness or infection – your dog may be trying to flush out toxins.
If you’re not sure, your vet will be able to give you some advice so your pooch stays well hydrated.
Drinking a lot of water is fine, but keep an eye out for drinking far more than normal, or a lot less than normal – both signs that you need to visit your vet.
How much water does your dog drink? Do you give him/her free access to water or do you fill up a bowl as needed?
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