Why Do Dogs Drink A Lot Of Water?

Why Do Dogs Drink A Lot Of Water?

Dog drinking water
Dogs are a lot like humans in the sense that they need water to survive. They drink water to stay hydrated and maintain the correct balance of electrolytes in their body. A dog's diet can also contribute to the amount of water that they drink. If a dog tis eating food with a high salt content, then it will crave more water and may drink more than usual. Also, if the dog is eating food with a high sugar content, then it will also want to drink more water because sugar causes thirst in dogs just as it does in humans.

Why Do Dogs Drink A Lot Of Water?

Dogs will drink a lot of water for many reasons. One reason is that they are thirsty. Dogs can get dehydrated and need to drink more water than usual. Dogs need to stay hydrated because they have a higher metabolic rate than humans. This is why they drink more water than us and also eat more food in order to compensate for the water lost through their metabolism.  

Dogs need to drink a lot of water because they can't sweat. The heat in their body is released through their mouth and their paws.  Another possible cause of excessive drinking is kidney failure or diabetes. Dogs may also drink excessively as a result of liver disease or a thyroid disorder.

Owner gives dog water

 
Personal Experience

  • Smokey

Smokey tends to drink a lot of water to cool himself down. Smokey is takes in a healthy amount of water especially after a long day of it playing, digging, running up and down and being physically active, he laps up a good amount of water once it gets to the drinking bowl in his house. Just like us, humans, Smokey drinks a lot of water with his meals.

  • Skido

Skido likes to drink water a lot. We try to give a lot of water with his meals. We keep his water fresh to prevent it from drinking water from unsavory sources. If by chance there is no water in it's water bowl, Skido will carry the bowl in it's mouth and start crying. Immediately we know it is time for a prompt refill. Skido does not like water on it's body but when it comes to drinking water, he is able to drink a tank full. We always ensure it is well hydrated and this shows in his body and the lustrous fur and skin.


Dogs Drink A Lot Of Water For The Following Reasons

  • TO STAY HYDRATED

Dogs drink a lot of water for various reasons. Dogs drink a lot of water because their bodies need to stay hydrated. They also drink a lot of water to regulate their body temperature, since they can't sweat. Dogs drink a lot of water because they need to stay hydrated. They can't produce enough saliva to keep their mouths moist, so they need to drink more water than humans. 
  • TO COOL DOWN

Another reason is that they are trying to cool down. When dogs pant, it helps them cool down because the air coming out of their mouth evaporates the moisture on their tongue, throat, and nose. Dogs drink a lot of water because they are not able to sweat like humans. Dogs are not able to sweat through their skin as efficiently as humans do, so they lose water by panting or licking themselves. This is because dogs don't have sweat glands in their tongue or paws like humans do.

The only way dogs can try to cool down is by expelling heat through their mouths by panting. Therefore if you have a dog that has just exerted itself by running or other form of exercises, then it will need to drink more water than it usually does.


Dog Drinking Water
  • HIGHER METABOLIC RATE

Dogs drink more water than humans because they have a higher metabolic rate and perspire more than we do. They sweat more, which means they need to replace the fluids lost through their skin and respiratory system. Dogs drink a lot of water because they have a higher metabolic rate than humans. They also eat more food and they need to stay hydrated. 
  • HEALTH PROBLEMS

Dogs may also be drinking water excessively as a result of kidney failure, diabetes, liver disease or thyroid disorder. Dogs who suffer from urinary tract infections will drink more water as a way to flush out their systems and keep themselves hydrated. Dogs with diabetes may also drink more water as a way to regulate their blood sugar levels and avoid dehydration.
  • TASTE & SMELL

Dogs are also attracted to water because of its smell and taste. They can smell the salt in it from far away and the taste is much more pleasant than that of saltwater. Dogs need to drink a lot of water because they are constantly losing water through their skin, mouth, and lungs. When they drink a lot of water, they are replenishing the water that has been lost. Dogs are also less efficient at absorbing water from food and so require more liquid intake than humans do
  • DOG BREED

Some dogs drink more water than others because they need to stay hydrated. Some breeds like Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds have been bred to retrieve game and hunt for long periods of time in the hot sun. These breeds need more water than average because they are working hard in the heat. Some dogs who live in dry climates also need more water because their skin is dryer from less humidity in the air.

Dog drinking water


Final Words

Dogs need to drink a lot of water because they are not able to produce their own water. They also need to drink a lot of water because they have high metabolic rates and cannot sweat. We should be giving our dogs access to fresh water at all times and we should also be checking up on them regularly to make sure that they are drinking enough. 

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Dr Osiro Precious

She is a pet enthusiast who enjoys blogging. She grew up owning a wide variety of dog breeds and currently is the owner of two vibrant Alsatian dogs, Skido and Smokey.

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