How Long Can Dogs Go Without Water?

Dogs can go a significant of time without drinking water, but there is a fine line between how long is okay and when they start to suffer from catastrophic health issues that even a vet cannot cure.

When dogs do not drink enough water, the water that is in their system begins to diminish as it is used as a last resort reservoir to keep them alive.

Each day, dogs need to drink about an ounce of water per pound of weight. They may drink more or less depending on their level of activity and the temperature outside.

Dogs that are dehydrated will display noticeable signs and it is important that you recognize them immediately. Dogs suffering from dehydration will have dry, cracked noses, along with dry, pale-colored gums.

What to Do if Your Dog is Dehydrated

1. Provide cool water immediately 2. Offer Pedialyte or other dog-safe electrolyte-filled drink 3. Consult a veterinarian if the dog will not drink or does not recover after hydrating it. 4. Determine the cause of dehydration and if you cannot, consult a veterinarian to rule out medical issues.