(Closed) Dog won’t drink water when we aren’t home – help!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

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
1013 posts
Bumble bee

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
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
2077 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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 # 12
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
5221 posts
Bee Keeper

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! 

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