How Much Water Should a Puppy Drink a Day?

Puppies are lovable and cute but require a lot of work to train and take care of. Not properly feeding or watering a dog, young or old, could lead to problems. Understanding how much water your puppy needs could be the difference in a long active life, or a short life.


Most pet owners feed their puppies and adult dogs dry food. In order for the food to digest properly, the dog needs a certain amount of water. Water helps to rehydrate the food and promotes healthy digestion.

Weaning and Water

Experts agree that most breeds of puppies should not be separated from their mothers until they are at least six weeks old. At five to six weeks, puppies may begin accepting small amounts of water though they are still likely to get nourishment from the mother during this time.


Depending on the age of the puppy, the amount of water required will differ. According to veterinarians, clean water should be available for puppies of all ages, at all times, and the amount should not be limited.

Limiting Intake

When house training a puppy, limiting the intake of water may be necessary. Puppies should have access to small amounts of water rather than large quantities at one time until they are able to control their bladder for longer periods of time. Before limiting your pet's intake, consult a vet.


Puppies that do not have access to enough water may be lethargic or lose muscle mass as the body becomes dehydrated. If you notice these side effects or notice a sunken-in look around the hips, the puppy's water intake should be increased.



About the Author

Based in Kentucky, Katy Lindamood is a full-time freelance writer. She has been writing for magazines and professional websites since 2006 and has a background in retail management and home improvement. Lindamood holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and human resources.