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How Often Should You Change Your Dog's Water?

With spring in the air, you may soon be spending more time outdoors with your four-legged friend. If so, use these tips to keep your pet healthy and hydrated while he romps this season.

Water is vital, not only to keep organs functioning, but also to help lubricate joints, digest food and keep your dog going. Drinking too little water can lead to dehydration, severe health issues and even death if continued.

Here's what you should know to keep your babies fit and hydrated

• Refresh your dog's bowl with clean water every single day.

• Healthy dogs typically need one-half to one ounce of water per pound of body weight a day.

• Dogs on a diet of dry dog food should drink more than dogs who are fed wet food.

• Dogs with kidney disease, diabetes or cancer are at greater risk of dehydration.

• A dog may need more or less water depending on his activity that day.

• Elderly, pregnant/nursing dogs and puppies need more water.

Warning Signs of Dehydration

If Rover has had a long play session in the heat, check him for these signs of dehydration:

• Eyeballs will seem sunken

• Gums will look pale and dry and feel sticky

• Skin won't feel as elastic (Pinch and gently pull a fold of loose skin at the top of his neck. If the skin stays folded or is slow to get back into place, he may be dehydrated.)

• He will seem lethargic or slow and perhaps depressed

• Will have little or no appetite

To protect his or her health, it's important to clean your dog's water bowl and keep it filled with fresh water every day.

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