Things You Need to Know: How Long Can a Dog Go Without Water

If you have a pet, you likely already have a water bowl, but do you know the significance of water and how it plays an important part in the life processes of a dog’s body?

In this article, we will go over the basic anatomy of dogs, how much water they need every day, possible reasons for sudden changes in drinking habits, as well as how to look for signs of dehydration in your dog.

Body Water Percentage in Dogs

Like humans, water is a major component of a dog’s body. Humans and dogs are both made up of about 60% water. 


Factors Affecting Water Consumption

- Climate - Age  - Pregnancy - Exercise - Diet



Exactly How Long Can a Dog Go Without Water?

Like humans, dogs can theoretically last for 2-3 days without water, after which point their vital organs will begin to fail. 


Possible Reasons for Excess Water Consumption

- Kidney Abnormalities - Diabetes - Infection or Liver Disease - Certain Medications


Possible reasons your dog isn’t drinking enough

- Stress or fear - A previous bad experience at the water bowl  - The water bowl itself   - Illness and nausea

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