How can I get my dog to drink more water?

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May 27th, 2008 13:12
Florida
ScruffysPerson
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Hi,
   
I need to find out how I can get my dog to drink more water. He continually has urinary tract infections (I've had him about 3 years now and he's had 3 recently), especially when he comes back from the groomers. The last two times he came back from the groomers he had developed a bladder infection, and I'm starting to think its something there. To play it safe, I'm switching groomers.
   
He is not drinking enough water I believe...not as much as he should, especially now. Please post any tips you may have on how to get him to drink more water.
   
Is there a flavoring for dogs I can put in his water that will make him drink more?
   
Thanks for all responses.
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May 27th, 2008 19:18
Virginia
Zippygirl
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its possable that he is getting them from going to groomers due to stress not necessarily from something they are doing or not doing as far as getting him to drink more water the only thing i can think of is to give him wet food b/c there is water in that but the fact that he is contantly getting these infections i would talk to you vet about putting him on a food like Royal canin's SO which is for dogs and cats with urinary issues. honesty though if you are concered that he is not getting enough water one way to check if he is dehydrated is to pick up some skin and let go if it goes back quickly he is fine if it is slow then yes he is dehydrated the vet can also run a blood test to get a more accurate result
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May 28th, 2008 13:54
Florida
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Hi and thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. Can a dog really get a urinary infection from stress? Wow. He is already on the food you mentioned the SO, and he gets that daily. I hand fed him some water last night and this morning and he seemed to drink fine...he's on antibiotics and anti-inflamatories and I believe a pain killer from the vet now....the only way he will take it is if I hide it in hamburger...so he's doing okay right now, but I want to try to avoid this in the future somehow by making sure he constantly gets enough water to flush him out all the time...I believe he needs this.
   
Basically what I'm trying to find out is if anyone who knows about dogs has ever heard of a flavoring for dogs water...not loaded with salt, but something they would really like to drink that's safe too....I'd love some more input. Thanks again for your advice, I really do appreciate it.
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