Each month, here in our little community, Theo and I will be challenging ourselves to stick to one new healthy habit. At the beginning of the month, we will share that habit here with you so that you can join in on the challenge if you wish! At the beginning of the next month, we will share with y’all how it went, what we experienced, and whether we will be continuing the habit or not! This month, our healthy habit is drinking our suggested daily water intake!
We hear it all the time: “stay hydrated,” “drink your water,” “water is good for you!” We know that it is important to get our daily intake of water and that there are tons of benefits to doing so (or maybe you didn’t, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered). We know exactly how much water we should be drinking to achieve all of these benefits. However, most of us never stop and consider the daily water intake of our precious pups. We fill their water dish and let them drink to their hearts’ content, but are they getting enough? What benefits are we ensuring them? Well, fam, I’ve done the research for us!
Remember when I mentioned that I’ve got you covered with water benefits? Well, here they are! In humans, water has been known to detoxify and plump the skin. This means it can clear blemishes and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, something I know we all want! Water consumption can also help lower stress levels and boost energy levels. Yes, please! Water has also been known to aid weight loss by making us feel fuller and helping our body absorb important nutrients. It is also important to note that consuming the proper amount of water helps flush out bodily waste and improves kidney health. If that’s not enough, drinking water can loosen up the joints to help us move our bodies more easily and comfortably. This means more running around and playing with our pooches without the body aches and pains caused by dehydration! With all that running around after our furry friends, we need water to help us regulate our body temperature, which don’t worry, it does! So how do you get all these benefits? The answer is simple: drink water. More specifically, take your weight in pounds and divide that number in half. Drink that number of ounces of water daily. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you will drink 60 ounces of water every day.
Now, getting to what most of you actually care about, your dog. Just like humans, dogs’ cells are made of mostly water. This means they need water for their bodies to function properly. I’m sure you knew that much, but how much water should they actually be drinking? Generally, you should take the dog’s weight in pounds, and the dog should drink that number of ounces of water each day. So, if your dog weighs 30 pounds, for example, they should be drinking 30 ounces of water each day. You’re probably wondering, aside from the obvious body functioning part, why does my dogs’ water intake matter? Similarly to humans, drinking water can help to maintain a dog’s body temperature. This means that through a tiring day of running around at the dog park, a hot July afternoon, or a snowy January morning, your dog’s body temperature will stay within a healthy range. Drinking water can also help a dog’s digestion and aid the body in absorbing important nutrients. We want to keep our pooches healthy for the long run, right? Last, but certainly not least, drinking water can help loosen your dog’s joints, too. Joint discomfort and arthritis is super common, especially in older dogs. If dogs drank more water throughout their whole lives, they would be able to play more comfortably for much longer. Just think about the difference you could make in your dog’s life just by making sure they are getting the proper daily intake of water.
So, for this challenge, Theo and I will drink our recommended daily water intake every day for the month of March. Theo weighs 25 pounds at the start of this challenge, so I will provide him with 25 ounces or more of water each day. I will drink half my body weight (come on, you didn’t think I would actually share my weight on the internet did you?) in ounces of water every single day. Let’s see what a difference this will make! Feel free to join us in this challenge, those who get healthy together stay together, right?