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To the Rescue: How Much Water Does My Pet Need?

Slurrrrp! It's important that your animal has a constant supply of fresh, clean water, but do you know exactly how much a pet should be drinking daily? Since about 60 to 80 percent of pets' bodies are made up of water, fluids are key to bodily functions at all times. Now it seems more likely that kitties go on thirst strikes (with this test to check their dehydration), but there's an easy way to make sure you're offering enough water for your furry friends. Most pets need about one ounce of water per day for every pound they weigh, so a 16-pound pet needs about a pint of water, 32-pound pooch a quart, and so on. While you can lead a horse dog to water, you can't make him drink, so keep track of that intake so it's close to the proper amount and the dish is never empty!


Source: Flickr User Cindy Funk

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shannon_xo shannon_xo 7 years
I have a water fountain for my cat. I originally got it because she was constantly trying to drink from the sink faucet, and once I got it and I saw how much she was now drinking I realized she hadn't been getting enough fresh water from her bowl.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I keep a water bowl full at all times at my house, and since I have two, I swap them out daily so they get cleaned regularly. My dogs drink so much water - I have to fill it up a couple times a day.
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