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How do I get my dog to drink more water?

asked 2017-01-04 20:55:03 -0500

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answered 2017-01-05 00:33:41 -0500

Dogs generally drink as much water as they need if allowed free access to fresh water (a large-enough water bowl that is filled daily). If you feel the need to get your dog to drink more, you can try flavoring the water with broth, or mixing water in with your dog's food.

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answered 2017-02-27 09:26:15 -0500

I agree with the Shannon L.'s answer, and would also like to add that some dogs prefer water towers that cycle water so that it is moving/running. Anecdotally, this seems to be a preference for certain dogs. Give it a try if you have been instructed by your veterinarian to ensure they are having adequate water intake (Dalmatians, diabetics, during steroids, etc).

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answered 2017-02-27 10:04:58 -0500

Besides adding a little bit of water to your pet's kibble, wet food as an addition is always an option. Although it may not be as beneficial as dry food (which is why I say feed as an addition), it is usually about 70-80% moisture which is why canned food is highly recommended to pets with kidney disease because they are typically dehydrated. It is always good to make sure there are no underlying issues regarding water intake, so a visit with a Veterinarian is not ever a bad idea!

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answered 2017-02-27 16:23:23 -0500

Some dogs will drink more water if it's running water instead of sitting water like in a bowl

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