Even just a 2% loss of water will cause a slight dehydration that puts additional strain on the body. This can soon spiral for a Pug. He is a bit weaker. He is reacting a bit slower. His focus is slightly affected. This in turn, causes more struggle with handling summer temperatures…and there is nothing else he can do other than pant more, which causes him to lose even more water.
So, as you can see, this can be a vicious cycle and the best thing that you can do to help avoid this particular issue is to actively make sure that your Pug is drinking enough
so that this issue does not develop in the first place.
How much water does a Pug dog need in the summer? The amount will vary on the exact temperature, his level of activity, the type of food he eats and his size. Normally, a dog needs anywhere between 8.5 to 17 ounces for every 10 pounds of body weight. In the summer, this is usually increased by 10%.
Pug’s weight in pounds / Amount of daily water in the summer
5 pounds: up to 9.5 ounces (1.18 cups)
10 pounds: up to 18.7 ounces (2.33 cups)
15 pounds: up to 28.05 ounces (3.50 cups)
20 pounds: up to 37.4 ounces (4.67 cups)
So, as you can see if you have a full grown adult Pug that is fairly active in the summer, he may need to have almost 5 cups of water to stay properly hydrated. Luckily, he does not need to drink all of that, as water can be ingested in other ways. Here are some drinking tips in general: