Now... what made that person assume the water bottles weren't for the dogs? Sure some dogs prefer to drink from a bowl, but there's no reason a dog can't drink from a bottle.
Angel Abby demonstrates how:
When we walk Rita, we always carry a water bottle (all our dogs have been good about drinking from one) - not just in the heat of the summer, but in the winter as well. (Okay - our winters aren't that cold. Certainly not cold enough to cut our walks short. You might not need to carry water if you live somewhere super cold and are only ducking out for a short walk.)
Rita's a big drinker, so if we don't carry water for her, she'll be trying to drink out of puddles and broken sprinkler heads. Best to bring our own source of good, clean filtered water for her.
According to pets.wedmd.com, in general, a dog "needs at least one ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day." (Note that this can vary depending on activity level, weather, etc.) For Rita, at 42lbs, that works out to about 5 1/2 cups, or 1 1/3 liters of water per day.
Since Rita's a big drinker, it's no problem to keep her hydrated, but if you suspect your dog is not drinking enough, check with your vet. You can try to see if your dog is dehydrated by gently lifting the loose skin at the back of the neck or between the shoulder blades. If the skin doesn't immediately fall back into place, the dog may be dehydrated, but really your vet is the best person to determine this. Signs of dehydration could include: lethargy, dry mouth, or loss of appetite.
|Rita's BFF, Dakota, LOVES CleanBottle!|
The Cleanbottle is a great invention - you can unscrew both the top AND the bottom, so you can easily clean out the bottle. It's BPA free, and the company donates 10% of profits to eco and cycling friendly charities! (You can find them for sale on the company's site, at running/cycling stores or on Amazon.)
In Other News - A Winner!
We have a winner from last week's kids books giveaway! In the interest of full disclosure, the first number randomly selected was #3, but the 3rd comment was someone who doesn't have kids and wasn't entering, so I had Random.org select another number. #4 was the winning number, or Jenna of A Ray of Sunshine & A Ladybug! Her kids are SUPER CUTE, and sweet, and Big Time Dog Lovers, so I know they'll love these books!
Thanks for hosting the FitDog Friday Blog Hop goes out to SlimDoggy and co-hosts The Writer's Dog and To Dog With Love.