For those of you outdoorsy, fit dogs reading this post, "puddle" is not the first (or any) choice on our hydration choices list. Sorry. Obviously, one of the very most important things for active, fit dogs is frequently drinking plenty of fresh (read: non-puddle, lake or stream) water. We Cascadian Nomads do so many different activities together that we have a variety of hydration choices. We have a few bowls and a few bottles. We appreciate and use them all for different purposes yet they all keep us hydrated as we stay fit.
We have two types of fit dog adventure water bowls. One is an Outward Hound collapsible bowl (which is very old and they no longer make- but it has lasted!) that folds tiny and is very light (2.7 oz*) The awesome pack-ability of this bowl is often cancelled out, though, by the bowls lack of sturdiness. It is actually the best bowl for fit dog excursions when we do not have to haul our own water and have no water wasting worries.
Our other travel bowl is a 1 gallon SturdiProducts bowl. It folds nicely but is heavier (9.9 oz*) than our Outward Hound bowl. Yet this bowl lives up to it's name. It is sturdy and pretty much cannot be spilled. Unused water can even easily be poured back into a water bottle.
Speaking of water bottles, when we are carrying our own water, I prefer light vessels like our 48oz Naglene (5.5oz*) and Vapur (1.4oz*) bottles. Huxley's Ruffwear Palisades pack has two light weight (1.1oz* each) BPA free, collapsible water bottles.
When weight isn't as much of an issue, I prefer stainless steel water bottles. Our 24 ounce roller ball bottles are great for outdoor fit dog adventures. The disadvantages are that these roller ball water bottles are heavy (7.7oz* ) and they are messy. We only use them outside. They dribble a lot! I have heard that some dogs have a bit of a learning curve while getting used to licking the ball for water. Our dogs, however, took to it quickly. These bottles are especially convenient to keep in the car when unplanned and surprise fit dog adventures pop up. Water from stainless steel is safe to drink even when warmed. Warmed water from plastic bottles, even BPA free, is not safe for humans or animals.
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth/sticky gums
- Normal weight dog's skin between the shoulder blades will be slow to return to position when pinched
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Always consult a veterinarian about the nature of your dogs specific hydration needs and physical limitations. Check with your veterinarian before beginning or changing your dogs exercise routine.