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Why won't my dog drink water?

asked 2017-03-06 15:36:06 -0600

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answered 2017-03-06 15:51:32 -0600

If you're overly concerned about the water intake, you can always take a urine sample to the vet and have it tested to see how concentrated it is. If it's too concentrated, then the dog truly isn't drinking enough.

If you suspect your dog needs water but won’t drink, there are several other ways to get them hydrated. Add water to the food. Make homemade broth and put a bowl of that out. Feed homemade “real” foods so they have more natural liquid in them (dry foods are, well, dry). There are electrolyte blends for dogs to go in the water. Be sure to get one that is made for dogs – some of the human electrolyte mixes might have dangerous sweeteners like xylitol and saccharin.

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