Dogs need a constant supply of water. It’s best to set out a bowl with water in it on a daily basis. This way your dog will be able to drink when they please. This is especially true during the hot summer months.
If you think about it, the world is ¾ water and most of a dog's body is made up of water. This is why they need a continuous supply.
Most mammals can survive for a long time (weeks in some cases) going without food. But, when it comes to water mostly only a few days. Sure, there are cases where a mammal has survived up to 7 days without water. But, why even wait that long if you don’t have to?
So, yes it’s that important.
Water is a very important messenger for your dog's blood. It helps to lubricate their system and moves nutrients where it’s needed.
When a dog is hydrated properly it will also help regulate their body temperature where it needs to be. Help to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter time.
There have also been reports of less disease in dogs when they are properly hydrated and lubricated. However, the jury is still out on this one. But it does make sense see how water is the most important nutrient from their body.
How much water your dog needs will depend on their weight and size. A good rule to follow is 1 oz of water to 1 lb of body weight.
Most dogs will get all the water they need when you leave out a bowl of fresh water daily on a volunteer basis. And depending on the food you feed there may also be water in the ingredients also.
When your dog is just a puppy it’s important to monitor their water consumption just to make sure they are not drinking too much and getting the proper amount needed as well.
Do not take your dog needing water lightly. It is a very important thing for them to have. For your dog, water is like gas is to a car engine.