How Much Water Should a Pug Drink [Expert Guide]

Pug owners are fond of always asking the question – how much water should a pug drink? Now, without water, your pug’s body will not function properly. More specifically, your pug will dehydrate. This can happen if your pug isn’t getting enough water, which is why you should clean and refill your pug’s water bowl daily. You also need to be aware of when your pug is drinking more water than usual, as this could be a sign of illness. So how much water should a pug drink? Find out whether your pug is drinking enough water or more water than usual.

How Much Water Does a Pug Need?

In general, pugs should drink approximately 1 ounce of water (1/8 of a cup) per pound of body weight each day. However, there are many factors that can affect how much your pug will drink, so you should not restrict your pug’s water intake. Unless directed by your veterinarian, it’s not necessary to measure out the exact water amounts your pug drinks. Just make sure that your pug has plenty of fresh, clean water every day.

My Pug Is Drinking a lot of Water

1. Your Pug May Be Sick or in Pain

If your dog is sick from another underlying cause, or has mobility or pain issues, they might drink alot of water than necessary. Talk with your veterinarian to figure out why your dog is drinking too much water and how you can help.

2. Your Pug Is Hot or Exercising

Depending on the temperature and the amount of exercise your dog does, more water may be necessary. This is because water is lost with excessive panting and salivation.

3. Your Pug Is Not Eating Wet Food or a Homemade Diet

Dogs that are not fed a canned food or a homemade diet will not receive some moisture through their food, as these are about 65-80% water. You might notice that your pug drinks more than when eating only dry kibble on a daily basis

What if Your pug Is Drinking an Excessive Amount of Water?

If you notice your pug drinking or urinating more than usual, let your veterinarian know. There are many causes for this problem, since many disease processes show this symptom. A thorough physical examination along with blood or urine tests can help direct your veterinarian’s next steps. You might be asked to measure your pet’s water intake; in which case, you may need to separate them from other pets. You should still provide an excess amount of water, but measure how much you add to the bowl and how much is left at the end of each day, plus any that’s added to your pug’s meals, so you can estimate the total amount of water that your pug drinks in a day.

What Happens if a Pug Doesn’t Get Enough Water?

Many important body functions require water, so without an adequate supply, your pug can become quickly become ill and dehydrated. Organs will eventually become damaged with sustained water deficiency, and if it lasts long enough, the kidneys, liver, and other organs will begin to shut down. Death will follow shortly after. In general, a healthy pug will drink enough water daily to stay well hydrated, but there are a few instances where dehydration can occur.

Here are a few situations where a pug may be at increased risk of dehydration:

  • Kidney disease
  • Metabolic disorders (such as diabetes)
  • Cancer

Pregnant/nursing animals are at risk of becoming dehydrated more readily, since they may have higher needs

How to Check Your Pug for Dehydration


Follow these steps to see if your pug is dehydrated:

  • Gently pinch the skin between the shoulder blades.
  • 2. Pull the skin up gently and release it.
  • 3. Watch for the skin to fall back into place.

The skin should quickly return to place without any hesitation. If dehydration is present, the skin will slowly return or may even stay up for a time before falling back into place.

Here are some other signs of dehydration in Pugs:
  • Gums appear dry, sticky, or pale
  • Dry, sunken eyeballs
  • Dry nose and mouth

How Often Should You Clean the Water Bowl?

Water and food bowls should be scrubbed with soap and water daily. Since these bowls are in contact with food and your pet’s saliva, they tend to be good places for bacteria to grow. Bowls should be smooth and easy to clean, without nooks and crannies or even scratches where bacteria can hide and survive. If you are concerned that your pug is not getting enough water to maintain their health, or is drinking too much water, talk to your veterinarian for advice. Maintaining proper hydration is too important to your pug’s health to ignore

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