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How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink?

– How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink? –

How much water should a puppy drink? Adult dogs, on average, require one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. Despite their diminutive size, growing puppies consume more than their adult counterparts. However, a lot depends on your puppy’s age, size, and amount of activity as we shall see in this article.

How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink?

Young puppies get all of their hydration from their mother’s milk.

They will require a fresh supply of water as they are weaned and eat solid food.

Puppies need around a half cup of water every two hours on average.

You’ll want to monitor your puppy to make sure he’s getting enough water and not overdoing it.

Older puppies who have been weaned require one-half ounce to one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day.

If your dog weighs 20 pounds, for example, he’ll require between 10 and 20 ounces of water every day.

He may require even more water on really active days.

Water Consumption by Your Puppy During House Training

Water Consumption by Your Puppy During Housetraining

Before settling in for the night, a final potty stop near the water.

During house training, the regulations shift slightly.

At night, it’s advisable to take your puppy’s water bowl away.

Maintain consistency in the time you remove water, just as you do with feeding times.

Remove the food and water bowls two to three hours before sleep as a general rule.

If your lights go down at 11 p.m., a puppy should not be given food or drink after 8–8:30 p.m.

This allows you to take him out on a date.

It’s vital not to go too far with this advice and limit your dog’s water intake during the day.

Because puppies require more water than adult dogs, they are more prone to dehydration.

Water restriction can also contribute to compulsive behavior such as resource guarding.

So, even if you’re housetraining, make sure your puppy gets enough water during the day.

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How Much Water Should Your Puppy Drink?

How Much Water Should Your Puppy Drink?

There is a specified amount of water that any healthy dog should drink on a daily basis.

A puppy’s daily water consumption should be between 60 and 90 milliliters per kilogram.

Remember that a kilogram is 2.2 pounds, and a cup is around 240 milliliters to convert this into practical numbers.

A little 10-pound puppy would require 1 to 2 cups each day.

A 25-pound dog, on the other hand, would require 3–4 cups each day.

Do you think you’re getting close to 50 pounds? You’ll need 6 to 9 cups.

These are just guidelines, so make sure puppy owners understand that water consumption varies depending on activity level.

Also that they shouldn’t be overly concerned about reducing water while their puppy is playing and needs to rehydrate.

A puppy parent tells me that their 25lb puppy drinks 4-5 cups per day when he goes to the dog park.

I am significantly less concerned than if that same puppy is sitting in his kennel at home.

And also draining the same amount as a 50lb dog.

If your dog is clearly consuming more than this amount and no additional activity appears to be the cause, a medical concern may exist, which should be evaluated by your dog’s veterinarian.

But Why is the Water Gone?

How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink?

The following are some of the reasons why a young puppy might drink a lot of water.


Water is delicious and pleasant, and some dogs adore it.

Puppies are curious and playful.

When a puppy is really active, he or she may repeatedly return to the water.

 This is sometimes simply because the water shimmers, sparkles, and is irresistible.

Psychogenic polydipsia is a behavioral obsession with drinking water in adult dogs.

What this really means is that the dog has no medical need to drink more water, but he or she has a psychological need to do so.

Only by ruling out other medical disorders and measuring the daily water requirement and seeing if the puppy exceeds it can they can diagnose psychogenic polydipsia.

In just a few minutes, we’ll go over both of them.


We have to talk about medical factors if we’re not talking about a behavioral cause of increasing drinking.

While we’re discussing medical causes second, these factors must be explored and ruled out before we conclude that “simple” behavior is to blame.

The most prevalent medical problems in adult dogs that produce excessive thirst and drinking largely involve increased urination.

The pup attempt to compensate for the fluid loss by drinking more.

Diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease (a condition in which the body produces too much steroid hormone), and kidney disease are among them.

Fortunately, these problems are extremely uncommon in pups.

Puppies, for example, can be born with congenital renal dysplasia.

 This is an inherited condition in which the kidneys have not grown properly and are unable to function properly.

Even with pure-bred dogs, however, such situations are uncommon rather than the rule.

Note That

It’s crucial to note that if your puppy or young dog has a large increase in water intake and urination.

This is important if it’s accompanied by indicators of decreasing activity, dropping appetite, digestive trouble, or another acute sickness, exposure to toxins or poisons should be examined.

Because puppies are interested, they may come into contact with a plant or household material that can harm their kidneys.

Automobile antifreeze (ethylene glycol), lily family plants like Easter lilies, and household pain medications like ibuprofen are all examples of this.

This is why it’s critical to protect your home from these threats and keep a tight check on your dog.

The ASPCA Poison Control website has a list of plants and home goods that might cause poisoning in pets.

If you don’t find something on that list and are unsure, phone them and chat with one of their toxicologists.

Your veterinarian can also provide expert advice on some of the more prevalent substances.

However, with the exception of home pollutants and medical disorders that primarily affect older dogs, we may see excessive drinking.

Even in cases when other factors are causing dehydration in otherwise active and happy puppies.

Next, we’ll go over some of these dehydration causes.

Take a Break and a Drink: Dehydration’s Causes

How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink?

Exercise and Exertion

The majority of puppies are extremely active.

So much so that when I warn puppy parents that their little canine may be sleepy following a vet appointment and immunizations, they often sigh with relief. Does this ring a bell?

Puppies that are really active will return to the water bowl several times throughout the day to drink.

We also don’t want to deprive them of water in general (or a chance to get all of their energy out, so you can hopefully sleep at night).

However, it is critical to take them out to use the restroom more frequently, at least every 30 minutes.

Puppy play is typical, but it can contribute to dehydration, especially when it’s extremely hot outside, as we’ll discuss next.

However, as long as water is accessible, most puppies can meet their demands.

Heat Period

How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink?

Every year, as the weather really starts to heat up, we see a lot of puppies in the clinic with signs of heat stress and weariness.

This is especially true for new puppy parents who are unaware that their dog’s needs in hot weather differ from their own.

Dogs are significantly more sensitive to changes in temperature than humans are.

This is especially true for dogs with thick coats or those that haven’t yet “blown” their winter coats.

But even short-haired dogs might struggle in hot temperatures.

Unlike humans, who have sweat glands all throughout their bodies, dogs only have a few areas where they can sweat.

Sweating permits us to maintain our body temperatures as humans.

Sweating moistens our skin and, when it evaporates, cools us off.

However, because dogs have fur, sweating is less useful to them because sweat does not have as much of a chance to disperse.

As a result, dogs can only sweat from their noses and the pads of their feet, which have very little fur.

This is also why dogs pant so much because it is their primary method of cooling off.

Panting allows moisture from their tongues and respiratory passages to evaporate, effectively cooling their bodies in a similar way to sweating.

Note That

Dogs rely on the dilation of blood vessels in their ears, known as vasodilation, to cool down.

In hot weather, it’s critical to take numerous measures with your puppy.

Unfortunately, the same characteristics that make dogs loyal and charming to humans can also disguise signals of a problem, so don’t wait for one to appear; be proactive instead.

Your furry friend may quickly overexert himself in an effort to stay active, play, and keep up with you, and you won’t realize it until he falls in a heap of exhausted pup.

Make sure you have fresh water with you at all times.

Bring a separate water bottle for your dog along with a portable or foldable water bowl if you’re out for a run or hike so you can set up a rehydration station almost anyplace.

Also, don’t rely on water bowls put out at the dog park, as these frequent water sources are sometimes contaminated with bacteria or parasites that can cause disease.

Always look for cool spots to unwind, relax, and take a break.

Find a shady location to relax with your dog so she can rehydrate.

Also, burn off some of that excess heat before getting back to it.

Just like kids are encouraged to take a break from swimming at the pool every 45 minutes to an hour to minimize burnout and drowning danger.

In extreme heat, it’s better to stay indoors during peak hours, but if you absolutely must be outside, frequent breaks of 15-20 minutes may be necessary.

Otherwise, confine walks to the cooler portions of the morning or evening during peak summer.

Even if there’s been a sudden extreme heat wave during generally cooler months where your pooch has little time to acclimate.

Also, keep in mind the humidity.

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More Information on Heat Period

If being outside for 10 minutes leaves you drenched in perspiration and thirst, these conditions are not healthy for your dog, and you should minimize his or her time outside.

Are you running a quick errand and intend to leave your dog in the car?

It’s best to leave the car running or leave her at home on even the hottest days.

The interior temperature of an automobile can rise by 20 degrees in just ten minutes, and it doubles in an hour.

It’s unlikely that cracking the windows a little will help.

It’s not a smart idea to keep your dog in the car without the air conditioning on unless it’s below 60 degrees outside.

Visit heatkills.org for additional information on these concerns.

They have university-backed facts and a flowchart illustrating how the temperature inside a car rises exponentially.

Digestive Upset (Vomiting and Diarrhea)

How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink?

Vomiting and diarrhea are two of the most prevalent indicators of disease that puppy owners bring their dogs to the veterinarian for.

The majority of cases are moderate, although dehydration can occur in severe cases or mild ones that last far too long.

While there are many causes of GI upset, and your veterinarian is the best expert on what to do in each case, we’ll go over some of the more common ones we find in puppies.


How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink?

Parvovirus and distemper virus are the two most well-known viruses that cause serious illness.

Fortunately, they can be prevented with vaccination, and the distemper/hepatitis/parvovirus/parainfluenza (DHPP or DA2PP) vaccine is recommended for all dogs.

Why? Distemper and parvovirus have a high rate of infection and, as a result of dehydration and subsequent illnesses, can have a high fatality rate.

While vaccination has reduced the number of clinical cases in practice, outbreaks continue to occur.

In areas where vaccination is lax or in shelters where large numbers of unvaccinated dogs or carriers of these viruses are introduced.

However, there are other, less serious viral causes of digestive disturbance, such as coronavirus and rotavirus, which normally cause moderate diarrhea and can be treated with supportive care.

Intestinal Parasites

How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink?

By upsetting the delicate balance of absorption in the intestinal tract, any intestinal parasite can produce diarrhea.

This includes roundworms and hookworms, which are regularly dewormed in pups at their first veterinarian visits.

Whipworms, giardia, and coccidia are the ones that produce the most diarrhea.

Whipworms are very uncommon in my area of the nation, but where they do exist, getting rid of them can be a nightmare.

They usually induce severe watery diarrhea, and the eggs can last for years in the soil environment.

Giardia and coccidia are protozoan organisms rather than worms.

Their cysts, which look like eggs, are also discovered in the soil and in the feces of other dogs.

Contaminated water sources, such as the dog park’s common-source water bowls, are potentially potential sources.

Both giardia and coccidia can produce diarrhea, with blood occasionally visible.

Note That

Most infections are minor, but recurring infections can cause dehydration.

They usually discover these parasites in pups, particularly those that have come from congested situations such as breeding facilities or shelters.

Treatment for all three is rather simple, with fenbendazole and sulfadimethoxine being the most common for giardia and whipworms, and sulfadimethoxine being the most common for coccidia.

Re-infection of the eggs and cysts by re-ingestion is conceivable, which is why it is critical to disinfect the environment as much as possible, including your dog’s bottom.

To protect your dog from re-ingesting cysts that attach to her fur, wash sheets and bedding with bleach-based detergents and clean all toys and bowls with hot or boiling water.

Also, keep her bottom clean with wipes or small “butt baths.”

More Information on Intestinal Parasites

Make sure you and your family practice good cleanliness. If the veteran diagnoses your dog with an intestinal parasite, 

Although most roundworms are not directly transmissible to humans, they can induce a secondary infection in young children or immunocompromised people.

Giardia may be more host-specific than we thought, with distinct forms harming pets versus people.

Because we can’t always tell the difference and because we know giardia can affect both humans and pets, always take precautions while your pet is being treated.

Intestinal parasite infections can be prevented with many heartworm preventatives.

This is true, particularly for roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and even tapeworms.

There are no preventatives for giardia and coccidia, other than avoiding places where environmental sources may exist.

How to Know if Your Puppy is Dehydrated

How to Know if Your Puppy is Dehydrated

Whatever the source of dehydration, there are several telltale indications that you may check for to know whether you’re dehydrated.

Mucous Membranes

Mucous membranes are located near bodily openings that are always moist and contain a lot of blood flow, giving them a pink appearance.

The inside of the lips and the gums are the easiest mucous membranes to examine.

and changes in them can assist establish if a dog is dehydrated.

Mucous membranes should be pink and moist to the touch at all times.

It’s conceivable that they’re dehydrated if they feel sticky, tacky, or even dry.

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Capillary Refill Time

Capillary Refill Time

The capillary refill time, or CRT, is a standard test for determining stress and dehydration.

If you press forcefully on a mucous membrane, such as the inside of the lips or the gums, it should blanch.

However, as soon as you let go, blood flow should resume, turning the spot pink again.

This should take no more than 2 seconds.

If the tissue takes longer than that to return to its pink color, it indicates that the pet has weak circulation.

The most common reason of a delayed CRT is dehydration.

Dehydration is almost probably present if a delayed CRT is present, as well as sticky or dry gums or lips.

Skin Tent

Skin Tent

This is another simple method for determining hydration levels.

The skin of dogs is significantly more elastic than ours.

You should be able to pull the skin around the shoulder blades up into a tent shape if you grip it firmly but softly.

If you let go, it should return to its usual position nearly soon.

We can reasonably assume that a pet is less than 5% dehydrated if the skin returns to normal immediately.

If the skin takes a bit longer, perhaps 1-2 seconds, we can estimate a dehydration level of 5-8 percent.

Dehydration of 8-10% or more is evident if it takes longer or does not return at all.

Note That

Although it may appear to be a little quantity, dehydration of more than 10% is exceedingly dangerous and necessitates emergency veterinarian attention.

Make sure to consider more than one indicator while diagnosing dehydration for the best results.

A dog who is panting profusely has moderately tacky gums but a normal skin tent.

Also, such a dog that is otherwise happy and lively and may require some water, but is not in any danger.

However, a dog with a lengthy skin tent and sticky gums that are slow and feeble is most likely dehydrated.

It’s also worth noting that, even if dehydration is present, dogs who are overweight may have little to no skin tent.

In contrast, even if dehydration is not present, dogs who have lost a lot of weight may have a prolonged skin tent.

Your veterinarian will be the best judge of whether or not sickness is present in these circumstances.

Tips on How to Monitor Water Intake

Tips on How to Monitor Water Intake

So, now that you know the range of how much water a puppy should drink each day, the simplest way to track consumption.

Also see whether your puppy is drinking too much is to measuring out the daily amount into a gallon jug and set it aside.

When the water bowl is empty, only replenish it with the amount of water you set aside.

If you’re having trouble potty training your dog and want to know if he’s drinking too much, maintain a log book of how much he drinks during the day.

Also, note how often you let him out for toilet breaks.

When you talk to your veterinarian about your concerns, having this documentation is handy.

it might assist you to figure out whether there is a discrepancy or problem.

Consider reducing water if you’re doing fine during the day but your dog is demanding to be let out in the middle of the night.

Puppies should be able to keep it for at least 8 hours overnight by the time they are 12-16 weeks old.

If you’re still waking up every four hours and your dog has water left in her crate overnight, you should remove it before going to bed.

Note That

It’s critical to analyze water intake before making any changes.

Also, consult with your veterinarian before taking any dramatic measures to reduce or remove water.

Don’t just assume that too much water causes potty accidents in the house; there could be a variety of other issues that need to be addressed.

When your dog needs water, restricting it too much might cause dehydration and disease.

Are you concerned that your dog isn’t getting enough water? Some of the same rules apply to monitoring.

Calculate how much water he requires on a daily basis and determine if his consumption falls within that range.

Also, keep an eye on those dehydration symptoms we mentioned before.

If none of these symptoms exist and your puppy appears to be happy and healthy, there’s no need to be concerned.

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