Both people and other mammals, including dogs, water is a vital substance. After all, the body consists of it, and to maintain good health one should constantly drink it. For puppies, the support of the body’s water balance is particularly relevant, because they grow and mature. However, sometimes the owners observe that their young pupils leave the water in the trough untouched, refuse to drink. Why is this happening? What do you need to do in such cases? How much liquid a dog should drink per day? We learn in detail.
Why puppies refuse to drink
Usually, the owners see that the dogs gradually empty the water bowl and add water, change it fresh. If the owner notices that during the day the dog has not touched the liquid, this does not mean that it is necessary to immediately sound the alarm. When a pet gets a lot of liquid from food, and this happens when it is naturally fed (soups, kefir, yoghurts, milk porridges), there is no need to worry. This means that the fluid entering the body is enough for him per day. If the dog refuses to drink the next day, does not come close to a bowl of water, then this may be evidence of a deterioration in his health.
We should rather find out the cause of the problem, because, in fact, dehydration occurs in the body of the caudate: cells starve, nutrients do not dissolve, blood thickens, slags accumulate. The above reduces the defenses of the body of a young pet. It stops consuming the liquid for many reasons. One of these may be food poisoning. Puppies are inherently curious and can swallow completely inedible substances, which leads to poisoning. Also, the entry of a foreign body into the stomach can cause a refusal to drink. Intestinal obstruction, viral infections, inflammatory diseases of internal organs can be a causative factor.
The owner needs to remember how the puppy behaved in the last 24 hours, what happened to him, whether he got to drugs, chemicals and other dangerous substances. It is possible that for a long time he walked outside your field of vision, swallowed a foreign object.
It is necessary to pay attention to other warning signs in the state of a young pet, for example, reddening of the eyes, loss of appetite, lethargy. In this case, you must go to the reception to the specialist in the veterinary clinic or invite him to the house, if there is such an opportunity. Before the doctor examines the puppy, it is necessary to moisten the mouth with water to moisturize the mucous membranes, place it in a cool place, if it occurs in the hot period of the year. When a veterinarian detects a serious illness in a dog, he will most likely prescribe a dropper to the tail patient to restore the water-salt balance.
Stress is the cause of many diseases and pathological conditions of domestic animals. Dog for the same reason, refuse to eat and drink. Emotional experiences in young pets can occur after physical punishment or prolonged separation from the owner, after the appearance of another animal or newborn in the house. In the latter case, the animal instinctively experiences jealousy or fear of becoming unnecessary.
If your young pet refuses water and feels good about it, then you should pay attention to the quality of the liquid itself. Maybe you rarely change it? Pedigree doggies are very demanding to cleanliness, they do not like when food remains are floating in the water. Maybe the puppy drinks a little because he doesn’t like boiled water? She does not quench thirst. And sometimes the tap is highly chlorinated, which in dogs causes its non-perception. Since the most useful for growing dogs, well water in urban environments is not available, offer them filtered bottled water. It must be changed twice a day.
How much fluid do dogs need per day?
There are recommended intakes of water per day. At one kilogram of weight rate is 50 ml. Based on this figure, it is necessary to control how much water your ward consumes. This rate increases in the hot season, when the dog eats less and drinks more; during exercise; after operations. By the way, young pets and females consume more liquids than men, because they have an increased and active metabolism. And they still drink a lot of aging dogs, those who are more than 8 years old, because their body does not hold moisture well.