|Barked: Wed Apr 9, '08 10:06am PST |
|Hi all... interesting thread. I'm pretty new to dogster but I'm not new to animals and dogs- I have a degree in Animal Science. Yup, I've spent four years of college learning about animals and animal management...
I give my dogs access to clean water ALL DAY except for two hours or so before bed if in potty training mode (which I currently am with one pup). Animals should have access to water at all times.
And I dont know anyone (vet or scientist) who is going to agree with the statement "food is the same as water"
For starters, water is the number one essential nutrient that your dog needs. An animal, even human, can go much much longer without food than they can water.
A dog being free fed has a high probability of eating way way too much (I know my Dachshund would!) But that doesn't mean that if they are allowed free access to water that they are going to drink to much (as my Dachshund doesn't). Dogs will drink as their body calls for it... but that doesn't mean they will only eat as their body calls for it.
Your body, and an animal's body, does not respond the same way to water as it does for food. To begin with- drinking doesn't kick your digestive tract into gear as eating does (from the enzymes that are produced when you chew and salivate, along with solids entering your stomach that need to be broken down... water doesn't have that same effect).
So, I'd say allow your dog free access to water. Its not true that its the same as food. In my four years of school I've never ever heard that once... and probably would have been laughed at if I proposed the thought. Not to mention, I went to the college that has the highest acceptance rate in the country for students getting into vet school.
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