My puppy is just 3 months old and during the month I have had her I have always regulated how much water she should intake throughout the day. She takes in a few ounces of water with her 3 meals, and two smaller portions in between those times equaling out to 9 times a day. She unloads a good amount on her potty breaks and its never been a dark yellow, but I wouldn't say its close to being on the clear side either.
It seems that every source on the net that I find on the topic always insists that fresh water should always be available to your puppy, as they need a ton of water. I started out that way when I first got her but it always seemed that she would always drink off more then she could take, and throw it up shortly after. It looked like she was the same with food, she just never stopped. She threw up water after she drank more than a handful of times before I started to regulate how much she drinks.
I was wondering if anyone had the same issue with compulsive drinking and if its just something a puppy will get over. I took her in to the vet for a round of shots a couple weeks ago and the Vet-Aide told me that my puppy (at 12 lbs) should be intaking a ounce of water per pound a day. Does that seem right?
For her lunch today I was thinking about reintroducing a full bowl of water to her and see how she reacts. And if i feel like shes drinking more than she should I'll take it away from her. I've read about the tell tale signs of dog dehydration and she displays none of them.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.