Many dog owners put a certain amount of water in a container for their pets with the idea that they drink as much as they need.
Controlling your Vizsla dog’s water intake can improve its health, prevent disease, and keep it active for a long time. While some dogs do this naturally on their own, some others drink too little or too much water.
Keep the following in mind when questioning how much water your Vizsla should drink.
If your dog drinks too little water, it could be suffering from:
- Kidney stones.
- Organ failure.
On the other hand, if it drinks excess water, it may be due to:
- Bladder infection (or another type of infection that may appear).
- Bloating of the stomach.
- Electrolyte imbalances.
- Hyponatremia (water toxicity).
If your Vizsla dog drinks too little or too much water, it could sign an underlying disease. At those times, it is recommended that you take it to a veterinarian so that it can be checked.
How Much Water Should a Vizsla Dog Drink?
Regular monitoring of the water your dog drinks will depend on many factors:
- Age: Vizsla puppies need to drink more water than middle-aged dogs, being exact, a half-cup (1/2) of water every two hours, and be watched closely. Older dogs tend to have better control of their water intake.
- Exercise and games: We know that Vizsla dogs love to exercise whenever they can. If your Vizsla gets a lot of activities and spends its hours running and taking long walks in the dog parks, you need to always carry a thermos of water with you. To start, you have to offer it an ice cube and then allow it to drink little by little from its container since otherwise, it could present bloating in its stomach.
- Food: It is vital that your Vizsla maintain a healthy diet along with a certain control of water. The type of food your dog eats affects its water intake. Vizslas that eat only dry food will need a little more water than those that eat canned food.
- Weather: When summer comes, during heat waves, it is essential that your Vizsla ingest much more water.
- Diseases or medications: There are some medications that you are giving your Vizsla, either due to an illness or a condition, such as cancer or diabetes, which can cause increased thirst in the dog.
- Pregnant dogs: Pregnant or lactating Vizsla females should drink more water and eat more.
- Size: A strong, healthy Vizsla should drink about 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day.
How Do I Know That My Vizsla Dog is Well Hydrated?
Look at Their Gums
Dog gums can tell us many things about our dog’s health, and one of them is whether or not it is sufficiently hydrated.
If the Vizsla gums look wet, it means that it is hydrated while if they look pale and dry, it means that it needs to drink more water.
Stretch the Skin behind Its Neck
With your thumb and index finger, gently hold the skin of your Vizsla and then release it. If the skin immediately returns to its original place, it is because it is well hydrated, but if it does not, and it looks like a camping tent, it means that it is dehydrated and needs to drink a lot of water.