Benji and Lizzie's Mom
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Jersey
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I hear your concern about proper hydration. It was interesting to figure out what each dog preferred and needed.
In my experience, the wet food makes them less thirsty. When they eat only kibble, they drink a lot of water. I feed Benji and Lizzie home cooked meals (boiled chicken and vegetables) mixed with kibble in equal proportion and they don't drink as much water. The stool is firm but not dry and it is very small compared to when they ate only kibble.
I also stopped letting them drink from the water bottle as when they got older, they liked drinking a lot of water at one go and the water bottle didn't dispense enough water. Benji wasn't drinking enough water with the bottle. Now they drink about a little over 1/4 cup about 3 times a day. Each dog has different needs. Lizzie tends to drink more water than Benji. They are also picky about drinking fresh, cool water. I change water at least 3 times day.
To see if they are well hydrated, check their gums for soft, moist feel.