Water & Your Dog's Sweat Glands
With these hot summer days it's very important to keep an eye on
our pets. It's a great idea to make sure they have enough water.
Dogs require 1 oz. of water per pound of body weight, per day.
When dogs pant they are using a form of convection cooling. Convection cooling through panting, is a dogs number one way to expel heat. Dogs have the same sweat glands that we have, except they are located in their paws, which is why when they overheat you should put cold rags, towels, etc. on the pads of their feet to help cool them down or have them stand in cold water to help them cool off. Dogs naturally lose water as they sweat through these eccrine glands located in their paw pads, which also help with gaining traction as moisture from their sweat creates friction for their paw pads. Test it out on your own dog's paws, when they are at rest, their paws will feel smoother to the touch, then when they are exercising, that's when the sweat on their pads creates a tackiness that allows for improved grip.
If dogs lose over 10-15% of the water in their body, that can seriously affect their health. Water needs to be replenished, so you should always have water out and easily accessible for your dog. If you take your dog out for walks or even car rides carry some extra water for them.
If you have a hard time getting your dog to drink enough water, you can add a little water to their food to help them get the proper intake.