having water available for your dogs when travelling is essential to keep them happy and healthy. All animals require different amounts of water depending on their size, what sort of food they eat and what animal they are of course,
For example, a cat fed purely on dry food will need to drink more than a cat fed with wet foods as dry food doesn’t provide any additional water content.
On average, your pet should drink around 60 ml per kg of body weight per day. It would be considered excessive if your pet was drinking more than 100 ml/kg/day – in this case, you should go to your vet to have a check-up, as there are various illnesses for which drinking more water than usual is one of the symptoms. Depending on the weather and their activity level they may seem to be drinking a lot more than expected but this should be expected. Especially after returning from a long walk where they have been chasing squirrels.
If your pet doesn’t seem to be drinking as much as you expect, it may be due to fussiness over their water or them just not being thirsty. You should have plenty of fresh water available at all times (replaced at least a few times a day) – but some owners find that their pet only wants to drink from the floor of the shower, or the toilet! Yes, animals can be gross, but these disgusting habits rarely seem to cause them any issues. It can be a good idea to keep the bathroom door shut though and try an alternative water source to make it more interesting for the animal to drink. Water fountains can be popular for cats and dogs that like to drink from a running water source. Cats that like drinking from the floor of the shower might be doing it for the interesting, salty taste, in which case offering your cat water with some salmon or other fish oil (unsalted) can entice them to drink more.
If you have lots of animals, you should have at least the same number of water bowls as you have pets, plus one additional. Make sure they are in places where there is not a lot of foot traffic, especially with cats. Animals like to feel secure and safe when they are drinking and eating.
If you suspect your pet may not be drinking enough or may be dehydrated, there are a couple of checks you can make. Do not rely on the temperature or wetness of the nose – this is an old wives tale! The gums should be moist and pink – dehydration will lead to them becoming dry and tacky. The skin should spring back if you pull gently on the scruff at the back of the neck. If it goes back into place slowly or stays in a tent shape, the animal is very dehydrated and will need urgent medical assistance.
having no water for your pets is a prime opportunity for them to become dehydrated. If you don’t stop regularly they can become overheated in the back of the car and quickly lost moisture. You should always carry plenty of water with you and a method for allowing them to drink. The Travel Water Bowl is a perfect accompaniment to any journey to allow your pets to stay healthy and hydrated.