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What About Water?

Water is life, and there are things every responsible dog owner should know.

Abstract water:

  • Keep the water bowl full and clean.
  • Bring water with you on longer hikes.
  • Watch out for signs of dehydration or hyponatremia.
  • Don’t play fetch with your dog in water all day long.
  • Don’t spray water directly down your dog’s throat (watch out for water sprinklers).

It should hopefully be no surprise to any dog owner that dogs require water. For dogs water is the other lifeblood; necessary in digestion, movement and cooling down. How much water a dog needs is usually decided on by the dog himself, but there are things a responsible dog owner should know… 

Are your dog’s nose, mouth, gums or eyes dry? All of these are signs of. Go check their water bowl. Usually dogs regulate their own water needs, so your worry should be to keep their water bowl full – especially during hot summer days. Without access to water your dog could suffer from heat stroke due to inability to cool down; or in cases of sustained water deficiencies they could die due to organ failure. 

Another water related danger is hyponatremia – ingestion of too much water, which unbalances bodily fluids (sodium levels). It is rare in healthy dogs, but it does happen. Smaller dogs are more susceptible due to smaller amounts of water required. The problem tends to arise when water is forced down the dog’s throat; for example, when they’re swimming with their mouths open (playing fetch in water), or when having a water hose spraying directly into their mouths. Another situation is a dog gulping down large amounts of water after a strenuous activity – during which the dog had no access to water – if he drinks his entire water bowl, you should not refill it immediately. Bring water with you on longer hikes and this will be less of a danger. 

Signs of hyponatremia: vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, loss of coordination. 

Third water danger has to do with water cleanliness. Bacteria buildup is a serious problem even in clean looking water bowls. Dog bowls should be kept as clean, and be cleaned as often as your own water glass. Simply emptying the bowl and replacing the water is not enough – clean it daily and thoroughly. 

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PAWSM Free Nutrient Calculator is awesome!

PAWSM Nutrient Calculator is a complex construct and explaining everything would be quite hard, but here is a short attempt of making its inner workings clearer…

There are a lot of intricacies in the functioning of PAWSM Nutrient Calculator, but at its core it balances dog’s energy consumption (activity) and dog’s nutrient needs (protein, fats, fiber).

There are different types of activity that use different amounts of energy. Simply breathing and doing nothing in particular expends energy; this is usually referred to as “resting energy requirement”. That is one part of the equation.

Now imagine yourself walking and then running. Think of the difference in movement and which muscles were used. All of that affects how much energy is used during an activity; in humans and in dogs.

PAWSM Nutrient Calculator takes activity input and converts it into energy and nutrient needs, while taking into account the desired result (staying in shape, losing or gaining weight). Needs are then compared to your chosen dog food’s guaranteed nutrient analysis and appropriate amount of food is calculated.

There are other factors and details that are relevant to the calculations, such as dog’s breed, age, sex and current weight and if one is an expert in dogs and mathematics it’s quite possible to do it on your own. But why complicate, when PAWSM App makes it easy?

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