|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Wed Jan 2, '13 12:08pm PST |
|Thanks, Fritz! Basically what happens is the puppy drinks and drinks when you offer water because he is over thirsty and he doesn't know when he will get some again, which overloads his system and his kidneys need to overwork to get rid of the extra water.
If he has water constantly available he only drinks enough to satisfy his needs and his system adjusts to an even amount all the time, with a urine output that is steady and thus helps him learn bladder control.
As Fritz mentioned, withholding water is extremely hard on his kidneys as their job is to keep the cells properly hydrated at all times. The kidneys need to hold water back when it is not available, then get rid of it when he drinks a bunch at once, which means his bladder is also filled up too quickly and that makes him have to pee even more.
If taken to an extreme, the cells can have the minerals and salts washed out of them and then they will really have trouble as the kidneys will begin over producing urine to try and get the levels stable since the salts and minerals are what keep the water in the cells where it belongs.
In other words, drinking too much at once will cause the cells to release too many salts and minerals, thereby messing up the kidneys and causing them to release too much urine at once. which makes him MORE thirsty and creates a vicious cycle of drinking and peeing.
By keeping water available at all times, he will only drink when his body needs the water and he won't overdrink and everything will be kept stable.