One of the most important responsibilities of owning a cockapoo, as with any other dog, is ensuring that they drink enough fluids, preferably water. How do you know if your cockapoo is drinking enough? How do you know if your cockapoo is drinking too much and showing signs of a serious medical problem? In the following article, we are going to look at the answers.
How Much Water Should Cockapoos Drink?
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The best place to start when tackling this subject is to answer the question of how much water cockapoos should drink. As around 56% of a fully grown cockapoo’s body weight is water, hydration is vital.
The amount of water that cockapoos need to drink is based on their weight and activity.
According to PetMD, dogs should drink, in millilitres, around 50 times their weight in kg. If the average fully-grown cockapoo weighs around 5.9 kg, it will need around 295.5 millilitres of water a day.
Factors That Can Affect How Much Water Your Cockapoo Needs to Drink
Other factors, as well as their activity level and weight, could affect how much water your cockapoo needs to drink. This includes:
- Weather – cockapoos, like other dog breeds, will need to drink more water during hot summery days compared to colder wintery days
- Diet – cockapoos on a wet/moist diet do not need to drink as much water as those on a dry diet. Dry food only has between 10 and 12% water, while wet dog food has between 65 and 80% water.
- Age – older cockapoos are more laidback and less active, so they require much less water than younger cockapoos
- During Pregnancy or Lactation – cockapoos that are pregnant or lactating require more water than dogs that are not pregnant or nursing young.
- While on Medication – there are certain medications that cockapoos may be on that could make them drink more water.
What If Your Cockapoo is Not Drinking Enough Water?
If you believe your cockapoo is not drinking as much water as it should be, it could be at serious risk of dehydration and its associated problems. Problems like urinary tract issues such as organ failure and kidney stones.
Some of the common reasons why your cockapoo may not be drinking as much water as they normally do include:
- They only have limited access to fresh and clean water
- You have recently changed the food they are eating (for example, from dry food to wet food)
- You recently changed their water source
- The climate is cooler than usual
- They are less active than they used to be
- They are growing old
If you do not think any of the above applies to your dog, there may be another underlying condition from which your cockapoo is suffering. In that case, it may be best to make an appointment with your vet.
Sometimes, cockapoos and other dogs are picky/fussy drinkers and will not drink water with dirt and other debris or water that has not been freshly poured out that day.
What If Your Cockapoo is Drinking Too Much Water?
It may be that your cockapoo is drinking too much because he or she has completely unrestricted access to their water. A health condition like diabetes may also cause it.
If you find your cockapoo is drinking far too much water, they have a serious risk of suffering from overhydration and the associated problems with that. Problems like stomach bloating, over-salivation, dilated pupils, vomiting, loss of coordination and staggering.
Unexplainable and excessive thirst is known as polydipsia.
It is important to note that if you notice your cockapoo drinking more than usual for just one or two days, it could be that there is nothing wrong. However, if they continue to do it for longer, you should speak to your vet.
In summary, the amount of water your cockapoo should drink is based on weight and activity level. If you notice that they are drinking too much or too little, there are a variety of reasons for it that you do not need to worry about, such as changes in diet, temperature, activity level, and age. However, if you cannot find a reasonable explanation for your cockapoo drinking too much or too little, you should make an appointment to see your vet as soon as possible. They will be able to assess your dog and figure out if they have an underlying condition.
Mike is the proud owner of a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Luna. He loves to share stories, tips and information about owning a Cockapoo. With over7 years of experience as an owner, Mike is passionate about helping others own and care for their dog.