(Closed) Dog won't drink water after anesthesia – any ideas?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve heard its ok to give dogs Pedialyte if you think the flavor would intice her.  I tried to give it to my dog after a stomach bug to hydrate her but she’s very picky and wouldn’t drink it.

Post # 4
4313 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hmmmm…. by the next AM my dogs were always fine.  I would call the treating vet for some advice considering the procedure the dog has just been through.

Post # 5
9073 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You can buy a syringe (They do not come with needles) at feed stores (Like for horses) and gently leave a few ML of water in the pockets of her jaws. This will encourage her to drink.

I wouldn’t worry just yet, every animal responds differently to anesthesia. Canned dog food does have quite a bit of water in it, so that could be discouraging her from drinking too eagerly.

Unflavored Pedialyte is okay for animals. They generally won’t like the taste (It’s just sugar and salt water, not really appealing) but it will help her retain.

Post # 6
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

a bit ot broth in the water to make it more enticing.

Also try freezing the broth into a cute so its more of a treat and they can chew on the ice cube.

Post # 7
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@oracle: Try offering some watered down chicken broth. I used to add warm water to the dry food & stir in some canned food… makes it like soup!

You can also call your vet & see if they have any suggestions! They won’t mind, they want your dog to be happy & healthy :).

Post # 8
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

you can try pedialyte or gatorade. Also some.chicken broth, which might make her thirsty. 

Post # 9
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Definitely call the vet since it’s Friday and they may close early and not be open tomorrow.  My dog didn’t drink water for an entire day once and it freaked me out.  I would have called the vet had he not drank anything by the second day.

Is her urine still clear or dark yellow?  If it’s mostly clear she isn’t dehydrated yet.  If it’s dark yellow then she needs water ASAP.

Post # 10
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We’ve always had success getting our dog to drink water by adding a little bit of maple syrup to it.

Post # 11
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@oracle:  You can try pedialyte or broth for flavoring to get the dog to drink, or you could try what I’ve used in the past – a turkey baster. For some reason my dog thinks it’s some kind of treat and laps at the end of it like a baby calf. It also helps that while using this his head is naturally tipped up so he swallows quite a bit of it without thinking.

Post # 12
2462 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we usually try low-sodium chicken broth or ice cubes when we’re worried about that. but if it continues, ask yuor vet bc dehydration can be very serious

Post # 13
7653 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

My dog didn’t drink for three days but he did eat after his teeth cleaning. He was put under as well. I would call the vet. Maybe water down the canned food to help her stay hydrated.

Post # 14
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with PP – I always water down the canned food and stir it all up whenever mine won’t drink actual water!

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