They say that generally a dog should drink between 0.6 and 1 ounces of water for every pound of body weight. However, you don’t have to waste your time calculating this for your furry friend. If your dog is healthy and its bowl is constantly filled, it will go right up to it and drink the correct amount for him/her, all depending on their needs in the moment. One day it might drink more, the other it might not drink much at all.

The water balance in your dog’s body is a vital part of maintaining the health of many different organ systems and bodily functions. Your dog regulates this balance automatically by drinking exactly what he needs to keep him in perfect condition. How much your dog drinks each day will be linked to what the dog eats and how active they are. And abnormal thirst is a clear indicator that something inside your dog is not working as it should.

Don’t be tempted to ignore your dog drinking a lot of water, unless there is a harmless and obvious reason for it. What you are looking for when considering your dog’s health, is changes to their normal behavior. If you notice your dog drinking a lot of water, or more water than is normal, it is important to pay attention. There are a number of disorders or diseases that can cause excessive thirst. Prompt medical attention can help ensure that a dog makes a full recovery, or at least continues to live a normal and happy life.