25 January 2022
Tips for making sure your hound stays hydrated
Did you know your dog should be drinking *at least* an ounce per lb of water each day? Most of us can’t eyeball exactly how much ~47 ounces is in our dog’s bowls… and other than monitoring their bowl or playing ‘potty police’ (more peeing = more hydrated), it can be really hard to tell if your pup is getting enough water. So - we put together some tips to help you make sure your hound is hydrated!
Optional drinking game for the humans that struggle to hydrate too - take a sip of water every time you read the word “pup.” It’s in here a lot.
The best way to make sure your pup is hydrated is to give them easy access to water all day long. Keep bowls of water all around your house, filled with double the amount your dog may need at any time. If you’re taking your pup out, make sure to bring a travel bottle. Our mini is great for little pups, short walks or small play sessions, and the growler is great for big pups, hiking, or strenuous activity. Rising temps, more exercise, etc will increase your dog’s intake requirement, so keep that in mind.
>>> Is your dog a picky eater? Or maybe they straight up don’t like the taste of water?
Try making ice cubes of bone broth or tuna juice and adding them to your pup’s bowls - they will melt over time and give your pup’s water enough flavor to be fun.
>>> Are you feeding a kibble/dehydrated diet?
Kibble & other dehydrated foods, by nature, will give your pet less water intake than a raw diet would. If you’re feeding your pup one of the former two, try mixing in fresh fruits & veggies to their diet. Some of our pup’s favorites are carrots, apples, & blueberries. Cucumber, celery, and watermelon are all super high in water content and safe for your pups. Plus the crunching noise a dog makes while eating celery? Sublime.
Last but not least - quality is just as important as quantity. Public bowls and puddles, or even dirty bowls at home can be just as harmful as dehydration to your dog. Clean those bowls often, and make sure to carry your travel bottle with you wherever you roam!
Stay hydrated out there, friends!