Is my Labrador or Golden Retriever drinking enough in hot weather?
How much should my Labrador or Golden Retriever drink?
As the weather heats up, it’s really important to keep your dogs healthy and hydrated. Pictured above are @willow.thegoldenretriever and Merlin and Maisie Labradors from @happy_labradogs who both weigh a very trim 26kg so on cool days, should be drinking 1.3 litres or 3 bowls of water per day. On a warmer day, this increases by 2 litres of water or 4 bowls of water.
If your Labrador or Golden Retriever weigh a little more or a little less than Willow, Merlin and Maisie, the rule of thumb is that they should drink 50ml/kg bodyweight on a cool day or 75ml on a warm day*
Remember dogs are 80% water (vs humans who are 60% water) so a dog can dehydrate fast – particularly as two out of three dogs don’t drink the vet recommended amount of water per day**
The key signs of heat stroke are:
- panting heavily
- drooling excessively
- becoming distressed
- appearing drowsy, lethargic or uncoordinated
By the time you’ve spotted signs of dehydration, it’s already very serious as this can cause serious organ damage and even death. If you see sunken eyes, dry gums, lethargy, weakness, collapse and loss of skin elasticity, you should contact your vet immediately.
How do Slurps work?
If your dog doesn’t drink enough or can be fussy when they’re out and about, Slurps can help. Made from all natural ingredients and high omega 3 fish oils, they are super tasty so dogs lap them up.
Just pour over food or give to them as a drink between meals. (Don’t add to water). Some people even make Slurps into ice cubes!
**Slurps research 150 dogs.