If you believe your dog is drinking too much water, it is always best to contact your veterinarian for advice. Never restrict access to water unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian – this can be very dangerous.
It can be helpful to quantify exactly how much water your dog is drinking (ie: use a measuring cup to determine exactly how much they consume in a 24 hour period). This information can prove helpful for your vet when determining the underlying cause.
To do this, use a measuring cup each time you fill your dog’s bowl for a 24 hour period. A normal dog drinks approximately 40-60 ml/kg/day of water.
- For example: 10 kg dog x 40-60ml/kg = 400-600 ml of water per day (over 24 hours)
Quantifying water intake is especially helpful if your dog is new to you, and you don’t yet have a sense of what their ‘normal’ is.