If you have a dog or cat, getting them to drink more water is imperative to their overall health and well-being. If your cat is dehydrated for an extensive amount of time, they could develop a kidney disease and your dog needs to drink an ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. If you have noticed your dog or cat hasn’t been drinking as much as they should, here are a few tips on how you can encourage them to drink more water.

Place a Few More Water Bowls Around Your House

If you have one dedicated water bowl for your dog and/or cat, you may want to consider placing more bowls around your house. Put some in the corner of your room, in the kitchen, and living room. Just make sure you put a towel or placemat under the bowls so you can protect your floor from splashing.

Get a Pet Water Fountain

If you are out of the home for work during the day, your pets may go through their water before you get home. Buying a pet water fountain allows your pet to constantly have access to fresh and filtered water throughout the day. The flowing water may also entice your pet to drink more!

Clean the Water Bowls

Dogs and cats love the taste of fresh water, but don’t like the taste that a dirty water bowl will put into the water. You can use dish soap to clean them, just make sure you thoroughly rinse them off to get rid of any soap particles.

Bring Water With You

This tip may only be relevant to your dog if your cat always stays indoors. When you take your dog for a walk, bring an extra water bottle for them to drink from. You can also bring a collapsible dog bowl with you so you don’t waste too much water trying to get your dog to drink the water when you pour it in their mouth.

Change Up the Diet

If you want to get more water in your pet’s diet, try changing up the type of food you feed them. For dogs, try switching to a moist, semi-raw and rehydrated type of food to ensure they get the right amount of water each day. For cats, try introducing more liquid to their diet using wet food. Before switching food, check with your veterinarian to make sure it will be right for your pet.

If you have gone through these tips and your pet still isn’t drinking enough water, bring them to your trusted veterinarian to get a checkup to see what may be troubling them.

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