According to a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, puppies and kittens are more likely to drink water from tap and bowl than those with an adult counterpart.
The study, which was carried out by researchers from the University of Birmingham, looked at water consumption habits of more than 4,000 healthy dogs and cats.
It found that the dogs and their owners were more likely than those without dogs to drink more than one liter of water a day, and their pets were more than twice as likely to do the same.
According to Dr James Bissett, the study’s lead author, the reason for this was probably due to the fact that many people in Britain, especially young children, are not aware of the risks of drinking too much water.
“They do not think it’s a good idea,” he said.
“In fact, it’s the opposite.
It’s probably the most sensible thing to do for a dog, because it protects the dog from the waterborne diseases that can cause diarrhoea and urinary infections.”
Dr Bisset said there are a number of things you can do to help prevent puppy drinking, such as keeping your puppy under control, getting a bottle of water for him, and using a tap and water bowl.
“When puppies and cats are young, it can be a lot easier to get water in their mouth, so you can actually use your fingers to get a cup of water and they’ll go right back to eating, and that’s a big plus,” he added.
“You can also try to get them on a regular basis and not let them drink too much at one time.”
Dr Martin Brown, who co-authored the study, said it was important to note that the study did not take into account the fact dogs could be over-feeding themselves.
“We’re talking about a group of dogs with different nutritional needs and different needs of water, so the number of times that dogs are over-consuming their water intake is much smaller,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“It is possible that some dogs are consuming more water than is healthy for them.”
Dr Brown said the results were a good reminder to make sure your dog is getting enough water, even if he or she is not eating enough, and to do things to make their water tastes good.
“There are lots of things that you can change to help keep your dog from drinking too little water, whether it’s changing the water in the tap or bowl, getting your puppy’s water bottle out of the litterbox, or even getting a bucket of water in to get the water out of their bowl and put in the bowl,” he continued.