How can I get my dog to drink more water?

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March 20th, 2009 09:55
Arizona
azbabe
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I am so happy to read your post. My dog just had surgery for bladder stones and was told she needs to drink more water. I measured the water I put in her bowl so I could check the next morning to see what she drank,first day I did that she drank almost a cup and yesterday a half a cup. I had just gotten the cranberry supplements and this was the first day I put it in her food . I got a 500mg capsule which I put in a small container and then measured out half of that and spinkled it on her Royal Canin (which I have to mix a large tablespoon of cottage cheese to get her to eat that) and I was very happy that she ate it all. I will check at our local pet stores though to find the ones made for dogs.
   
Thanks so much.....
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March 20th, 2009 11:32
Florida
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The cranberry juice should help to keep her urine on the acidic side which is good. On average a dog should drink 1/2 to 3/4 ounce of liquid per pound, including liquid supplied in food. Your dog is small so it looks like she is right on target with the amount of water she is drinking.
   
Of course dogs who have just exercised or exerted themselves in some other way, and on extremely hot days, should drink more the the "normal" amount.
   
It is a red flag though if a dog starts drinking a lot more water than is the norm for him/her. I just mention this for anyone who might read the post and has a dog with a new, greatly increased thirst. Kidney disease and diabetes are two possibilities when a dog gets abnormally thirsty and it that lasts for more than a day or two.
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March 20th, 2009 11:53
Arizona
azbabe
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johannah
   
Well, that does sound good, so if she drinks 6-7oz I should not worry. I did try the beef boullion idea. I disolved just 1/4tsp and put into 2cups of water....she liked that but did not drink a lot,,,just enough to shut me up..lol
   
Our local Petsmart has the cranberry supplement and I will get some of that.
   
She is on Royal Canin now and will not eat it unless I add a spoon of cottage cheese. SO as soon as she is done with this food I am going to get her Life's Abundance. It is made to balance the PH to about 6.5 which is good. I do NOT want her to have to go through surgery again for the bladder stone.
   
Thanks again for the response.
   
Rob
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