Tips for getting dog to drink water

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Would pup be more interested if it was frozen? I know my dog really like ice cubes…

 

Wish I had better advice, but that’s all I can come up with!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

low sodium chicken or beef broth maybe? 🙁

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I have to agree with @ urchin. My dog is OBSESSED with ice cubes. Also, it could be the water being stagnant. How often do you change the water? My cats are finicky about water also. So my fiance and I bought a pet fountain. Prices ranging from $15 and up. I know wal-mart have some relatively cheap ones. I swear by these things. It’s a fun way to get them to drink.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

leisha606:  oh i so missed where u said u tried that … maybe she would like beef better?

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Dogs will be fine with milk on a short term basis. I’d recommend using Skim or 1% as the fat content in whole milk or half and half may cause upset tummies or loose poo depending on the fat content of the food that your puppy is used to eating. 

In the mean time you have to get her to eat something if your pup hasn’t touched anything in nearly 24 hours, because dogs not eating for this long is not good. Go to the store and get some rotisserie chicken, hot dogs, steak — something along those lines that is not given on a regular basis. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Call the vet and ask at what point you need to bring her back for fluids.  They can bolus normal saline subcutaneously if need be (slower than an IV to absorb).  If when you pinch the fur at the back of her neck, similar to the way a mama dog would do to a pup, it should flatten back out quickly but if it stays up (called tenting) she is pretty severely dehydrated and might need a trip to the vet.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

I think milk isn’t a great idea because it can make them gassy, which probably isn’t good for your pup whose already feeling pretty crappy!

You’ve done all the suggestions I would have, plus a few more. A pet fountain might work, but if not touching food, broth, etc, she probably wouldn’t drink water on her own even from a fountain.

She might have an upset tummy from the antibiotics, I would call your vet to see if they have any suggestions for her not eating at all, and if it might be an upset stomach. I believe dogs can be given some over-the-counter anti nauseants, and they could tell you what brands and doses.

Lastly, you can try syringing water or liquid food into her mouth. NEVER squirt it directly into the back of her throat, but gently squirt some into the side of her mouth onto her tongue and she should swallow it on her own.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

leisha606:  We use a baby bottle – seriously – when our dog is feeling crappy. I sit with him and he drinks the water straight from the bottle. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d call the vet and ask about getting subcutaneous (SQ) fluids. They inject saline under the skin, so her body can absorb it. Painless, and it’ll help a LOT with dehydration.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Will she eat? If she will eat then mixing the food with broth or giving her strictly wet food will help get her some fluids.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Like MariContrary said, you can call your vet about the SQ injections. My dog has had it twice after vomitting all night. I’ve put a little bit of low sodium chicken broth mixed with unflavored pedialyte also and he seemed to like that. If that doesn’t work, I take a medicine dropper or a syringe and I just squirt it into his mouth and he will take it. Usually after a few times of me doing it, he gets the hint to drink from the bowl. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

Our vet said to mix some gravy in with her water. We got jarred gravy and mixed it in and it did the trick! If that doesn’t work, I also think subcutaneous fluids would be the answer.

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