How much water should your puppy drink?
Young puppies who are transitioning from mother’s milk to solid food need 0.5 cup of water every two hours. Once they’ve been weaned, they should be drinking between 0.5 to 1 fluid ounce per pound of body weight each day.
One of the best ways to make sure your puppy is drinking enough water is to set up a schedule. Instead of leaving a water bowl out for him to drink at will, ration his intake. Every few hours, measure the appropriate amount of water into his drinking bowl and call your puppy. Encourage him to drink the water and, when he does, reward him with praise and a few minutes of playtime.
Most dogs learn to drink enough water all by themselves; however, it’s important to monitor them when they are first learning. Not enough water intake can cause dehydration, while drinking too much water can be just as dangerous.
Why puppies need more water
Water constitutes as much as 85% of a newborn puppy, a percentage that changes to 60% when they are grown. As puppies, they receive the hydration they need from their mother’s milk. After they are weaned and begin eating kibble, water becomes essential in helping them digest their food.
Water is important for a dog’s growth and muscle development. It’s also an important part of the overall metabolic process, which includes digestion, brain activity, blood flow, and breathing, as well as kidney and liver function.
And, since a dog cools himself by panting, drinking water is essential for replacing the moisture that evaporates from their tongues, nasal passages, and lungs during the process. A well-hydrated dog has a moist nose, which aids in his ability to smell.
What is the easiest way to give my puppy some extra hydration?
The easiest way is to add some water to their food. You can wet dry food or add water to canned food, giving it a gravy consistency.
How much water should a puppy drink?
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