Q: Does anyone have any strategies for limiting how much water my puppy will drink at one time?
My female Yorkshire Terrier is coming on to five months old. Ever since we got her she has always vomited after drinking too much water. I first noticed this when we would play. We'd play fetch, run around the kitchen a bunch, she would stop for water (lapping up quite a bit), run around some more and then vomit it all.
I brought this up with the vet and they were not concerned -- said it was fairly common. Their recommendation was to take away water during play time, or give it to my puppy myself, and it give it back afterwards.
I've been doing that for a while (last two months) and it has been good but now as soon as she has access to her water she drinks it like it's going out of style. Sure enough, it comes back up ten seconds later.
At this point I've taken the water away completely (past two days) and I'm giving her water in small bursts here and there. My problem is that I just have no idea how much water a puppy needs, or when. It would be much easier if she would simply control her water intake.
- It always comes back up ten to fifteen seconds after she drinks.
- When I am giving the water I let her take about 10 laps max.
- When she has access she'll go for 30 to 40 laps.
- I've tried using ice cubes but she waits for them to melt and then drinks it all.
- Her demeanor has not changed. She resumes playing right after regurgitating.
For clarity, these past two days in which I've been restricting her water she has not vomited at all.