Post # 1
We have a 4 year old rescue – we’ve had her for about 3 months. I think this started happening after the first month – or, it could be that I just started noticing it around then – but she doesn’t drink water unless we are home!
She is usually alone for 8-9 hours a day and I’ll try to go home and really hot days to make sure she drinks something – but I can’t always do that with my work schedule.
She has two bowls of water available (one outside and one inside) and nothing is touched until one of us gets home.
Just wondering if anyone has dealt with something like this and/or has any ideas!
Post # 3
As long as it’s available she will drink when she’s thirsty. I have two dogs and it would take them a few days to go through one bowl of shared water, I clean it each night though. Maybe she’s just sleeping when you aren’t there.
Post # 4
My dog doesn’t eat or drink if I’m not home. As long as he’s eating and drinking when I’m home, then I don’t worry about it. I’m sure he just sleeps the entire time I’m gone.
Post # 5
odd. have you tried giving her ice cubes instead? She would enjoy crunching the ice and you’ll see her get some water. Is she going to the bathroom regularly? I’m not sure if I would worry too much. if she is drinking at night then she should be fine.
Post # 6
I would bring this up with your veterinarian as well as doing a skin tugor test to check for dehydration levels. You most likely have nothing to worry about. Is your dog eating canned food as well? Usually they do not drink as much water when eating canned food.
Post # 7
When we had our dog, she wouldn’t eat or drink when we weren’t home either, however I believe the reasoning was just because she was sleeping. If we weren’t doing anything on our days off from work, it was the same: She’d only eat or drink anything if we were keeping her awake somehow.
Post # 8
She’s most likely inactive when you aren’t at home, so water isn’t needed. Our fosters never drink when we aren’t at home, though we have the water dish available. If you are concerned, check with the vets and try the ice cubes.
Post # 9
My dog doesn’t eat or drink when we are not home either. When we are she chomps away. Once in while, I notice she did eat while we were gone. That leads me to think if she’s really hungry or thirsty she will go for it.
Post # 10
Count me as another one with dogs that only drink/eat when we’re there. I’m pretty sure they just lay around sleeping all day. Talk to the vet if you’re concerned and see if she’s showing any dehydration signs.
Post # 11
Thanks for your thoughts so far. I don’t think she’s dehydrated at all because she’s drink tons when we are there (and potties a lot). It made me think that she’s thirsty, waiting for us to be there to drink. She’ll gulp down her entire bowl (6 cups of water) in one sitting.
I know she’s drinking enough (she drinks before we head out the door for our morning walk) and sometimes afterwards. It’s starting to get hot here (80’s) and I figured she needed something during the day! But, you are right – she does sleep most of the day, so I suppose she doesn’t really need anything.
What’s been concerning is when I get home, she’ll greet me, then go straight to her water bowl to drink.
Post # 12
My dog doesn’t eat or drink when I’m not home either. I wouldn’t worry about it as long as it’s available to her. She’ll drink if she’s in need.
Post # 13
My dog sleeps the entire time we aren’t home so she doesn’t drink anything either.
Unless your dog is ending up dehydrated (which you said, at this point, she’s not), than I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 14
My dog now will drink when we’re gone, but the dog I used to have seemed to wait until I came home to go gulp all the water out of the bowl. It was weird. The vet assured me my dog would not die of thirst on my account, though.
Post # 15
Maybe make it a little more interesting? We have cats and we have an auto waterer. It helps them to drink more often since the water is constantly moving. Maybe something like that would help?
Post # 16
Our vet told us that dogs ( esp indoor) do not need water down constantly. She recommended during the day, while gone, we leave him with toys, a bed and downgrade his crate. when we get home we take him out, walk him, give him fresh water and food. Giving him too much water has caused some accidents in the house. If it is available & they are not taking it, I wouldnt worry!