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    Hi to everyone on this forum

    My puppy Kelsey is 11 weeks old and I'm wondering what it means if she drinks too much water?
    She will drink heaps every time she has access to her water bowl but later on she will just pee out nothing but water or vomit it up. Is this a bad thing or is it nothing to worry about? We have put her water bowl out of reach but when we take her outside for a pee we will give her a drink.

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    I dont really know to be honest.

    One of my dogs often has to be told to stop drinking coz she gets a bit obsessive about it in the evenings LOL...well she did for a while, she seems to have calmed down a bit now

    Good luck with finding out though.

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    Puppy could just be thirsty or hungry?.....Lots of drinking is a sign of diabetes too.

    But my newfie drink lots and as puppies used to live in there water bowls.......Not sure how much is too much.
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    if she's vomiting water she could just be drinking too much and making herself ill, I have a bitch that still drinks a lot and vomits it straight up at 8 years old. As for peeing clear, that means she's hydrated. Could be diet, could be worth a vet check anyway.

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    Ive had pups that feel the need to drink the entire bucket, or give it a red hot go.
    And it was a behaviour that passed.

    However, as Newfie said, its also a indicator of diabetes, but you would have lethargy, weakness, excessive urinating also if this were a symptom of hyperglycemia (ergo diabetes). So in the absence of all of these symptoms, id go for a pup behaviour.

    You can slow the rate of drinking down to prevent the guzzle gallons/vomit gallons pattern, fill the bowl up with rocks, so that only small amount of water accessible.
    Try moving the water bucket to a high distraction location. So that pup is distracted from behaviour loop its stuck in.
    Call pup away from water and interrupt the behaviour loop its stuck in.
    Pop a ball in the water to distract him.
    Superglue a ball in the water to change the behaviour, then use distraction of a new ball.
    remove water access, and provide timed water access. NB REGULARLY though.

    and if there is lethargy with excessive water drinking, have your vet check him for diabetes. Or if you know a diabetic with a Blood Sugar Level monitor, do one for your dog, and take the results to the vet. (Saves roughly $45 worth of the diagnosis tests) (NB prick the ear.) As diabetes is hereditary, do any litter mates, parents have this?

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
    Bernie, I like your idea about the rocks, as Kelsey likes to pick up her water bowl and throw it around a lot.
    I'll definantly get her checked for diabetes. Dont like the idea at all but I cant tell if it runs in her family as we bought her from our local pet store instead of a breeder. Im seriously considering going up there and seeing if its possible for a birth cert or info on her littler/parents. Just to get a good heads up about any problems or traits she may inherit. I';ll try the ball exercise and see if it changes. Though I guess too much water isnt a bad thing.

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    Note that insatiable thirst is NOT normal at all, it may be a sign of diabetes or cushing's disease. So have your dog checked for that.
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    You should measure how much water they are actually drinking each day. Measure out a certain amount in the morning and at the end of the day empty what is left and the difference is how much has been drunk. I think normal water intake is about 33-66 ml per kg body weight per day but you need to take into account the weather and also if only dry food is given, they will drink more water.
    Last edited by Wasabi1; 03-13-2012 at 07:40 AM.

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    In Australia, i measure 4L of water into each bucket. aka i fill em up.
    then pohm gets in, and say 1.432L splashes over the side. Then Bernie gets one foot in his bucket, and soaks up approx .7 of a L, then the sun comes out and evaporates .98L out of each bucket, then the birds come and bathe and splash in it.
    What you have left, is ?
    Dog walks into house, stopping on the way to have a quick slurp of .5L from the toilet bowl. Are you getting my drift?

    If you are going to follow this, take better care of what has, what type of access to your water drinking supply.

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    Yeah it's meant to be an estimate so best to shut the toilet door and restrict assess to only a couple of water bowls on the day you want to measure. I have to have my water bowls high otherwise my two get in them and put their toys in there and the toilet door is always shut as one steals toilet rolls.

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