i-One of the dogs from the Westie rescue was a pug, and we fell in love with her and decided to keep her. Sophie is a smart, wonderful, funny little girl. She does have this bizarre habit though. I keep water out for her all day, and she doesn't drink often. Apparently she waits until she is parched, and then she just inhales the whole bowl, and promptly pukes it up on the floor. Does anybody have any idea why she might be doing this? I have started taking the water away from her after she has a few laps and making her wait a bit, but she goes crazy the whole time until I give it back. I have tried encouraging her to sip a little every so often so she wouldn't get so thirsty, but she isn't interested. Too busy exploring still. Her nose never stops. I almost think its doggy ADHD-she is so distracted by her new life that she can't be bothered to drink until she HAS to drink. If that is it, I imagine she will get over it as she gets used to things. Just wondering if there could be any medical reason for it though?
My Boston Terrier, Lucy, does this. She even does it if we give her the tiniest little bit of water or if she drinks any water from puddles on our deck or eats too much snow. We have taken her to the vet for this, and they said it may be because of an elongated palate, which can be an issue with the brachiocephalic dogs (smooshed faces). We give Lucy ice cubes instead of water, and she keeps this down a lot better and loves them. It seems to slow down her intake, and she keeps it in a lot better.
Just a warning about ice, it has been known to cause GDV, although it usually happens to big deep chested dogs, it can also happen to a smaller dog. Do you leave water out at all times, or do you give it when you feed your dog? Your dog could also have an elongated palate, which was already mentioned. I read the part of your post that says you leave water out all day!
My knowledge is limited, but until someone more knowledgeable replies, GDV stands for Gastric Dilation- Volvulus, which is basically bloating. It is apparently very lethal in dogs. When our vet suggested giving ice to Lucy instead of water, she never mentioned this. But, after reading more about GDV, I guess it makes sense that this could happen. One of the causes of GDV is activities that cause gulping of air and I would guess that when licking ice, air is swallowed along with it. Although, it did say that drinking too much water too quickly can also cause onset of GDV. So, that's all I know, someone else can add on or clear that up. One thing our vet did say is that crunching ice isn't great for teeth, but Lucy usually just licks the cubes around until they're gone. We only give her 2 or 3 at a time, and rarely does she crunch them. Hopefully this helps.
Sorry guys, I could'nt be bothered to type gastric dilation volvulus, but it's not likely a huge risk. Ice has been know to cause it though. It's probably got more to do with the fact that the poor little dog was only given water once a day, if that.The fact that she pukes it all up, is just by the sheer volume of it. , or an elongated palate, as was suggested. One thing I might suggest is, raising the water dish, and putting 1/2 a cup in it. Slowly add more, but only when she stops hogging it all down.I'm assuming you're leaving water out at all times, but you might have to seperate her for a while, until she gets whatever it is, under control. I hope that helps.