Post # 1
My dog had anesthesia for a dental cleaning yesterday. She hasn’t had anything to drink since Wednesday evening (I tried to encourage her to drink a lot and she did). She couldn’t have water after midnight. When she got home yesterday, she was OUT OF IT. The discharge papers said the dog might be thirsty and to limit how much water they are allowed (because of potential throw-up issues). But, my dog wanted nothing to do with water. We tried to get her to take a lap or two – and Darling Husband finally suceeded (but only a couple laps and she was done).
I figured this morning, she’d have more interest, but she wanted nothing to do with the water (and is still completely out of it). She is urinating, but does not want any water.
Is there anything I can safely add to the water to make it more inticing for her to drink?
ETA: She is keeping down food fine and seems interested in food. We are giving her canned dog food – which I’m hoping has more water content… but still!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
@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
you can try pedialyte or gatorade. Also some.chicken broth, which might make her thirsty.
Post # 9
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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
We’ve always had success getting our dog to drink water by adding a little bit of maple syrup to it.
Post # 11
@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
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
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
I agree with PP – I always water down the canned food and stir it all up whenever mine won’t drink actual water!
Post # 15
I just got off the phone with the Vet and they suggested adding water to the canned food too 🙂 The hive is full of genius minds, I tell you! 🙂
They also said it takes 24 to 48 hours for the dog to be back to it’s normal self… so, her behavior is ‘normal’ for now.
I can’t wait for my dog to get back to her normal, playful self!