Importance of Regular Water Intake

by Pawsitive Comfort on June 07, 2021

It is always so important for your pet to have fresh clean water available to them at all times. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) all animals, including your pets, should have "easy access to food and water" to help them maintain "appropriate body temperature" ( so they can stay healthy and maintain an active lifestyle.

Studies have shown that cats and dogs can become easily dehydrated leading to other issues. Your pet loses water regularly through their urine and feces every day but, when they become sick with diarrhea or vomiting, they will lose more water. In this case, it is even more important for your pet to have free access to fresh clean water.

If you have a cat or dog that does not like to drink very much water, there are other ways for your pet to maintain a healthy amount of moisture in their diet. Most pet food has some sort of water percentage in it, even dry kibble! Of course, there are options for water intake besides placing a bowl next to their face and watching them to make sure they drink. You could try adding a little bit of warm water to their dry food, you could mix canned and dry food together, or even just feed canned food.

Other options are water fountains and gravity water bowls! Fountains could be a hassle as you normally need access to a power source and they could be noisy, scaring your pet away from the water source, which is what we are trying to prevent. If you have a nervous pet and want to try to get them to drink more water, try a water bowl that works with gravity! My favorite one is by a US company called PetSafe. Their gravity water bowl comes in three different sizes for any pet and they are super easy to use. It comes with an opaque reservoir so you can consistently monitor the water level and a removable stainless steel bowl that is machine washable. PetSafe also has gravity food stations and they work in much the same way. Just fill the large dispenser with food or water (depending on which one you get, of course), flip it over, then watch as gravity takes over and the stainless steel bowl fills up for your pet to enjoy!

I have included the links for both of these products below so you can order these amazing products and see how well they work for yourself!

PetSafe also has so many more amazing and helpful products. Keep checking back to see what I will talk about next!!!

Water Station (Small, Medium, Large):

Food Station (Small, Medium, or Large):