How can I get my dog to drink more water?

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March 20th, 2009 12:24
Florida
johannah
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I'm glad you're not using the buillon any more because the regular type has way too much sodium in it, even diluted as you did. And both the regular and low sodium types have artificial flavorings and colorings, which aren't good for us or our dogs.
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June 28th, 2009 12:25
Texas
deusXmchna
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Old thread, but important one- I recently had the same question due to a dog on sulfa antibiotics (increased h2o ingestion is advised, at least in humans, to prevent kidney stones during sulfa treatment). I really couldnt find much help that worked for me on the net- but did find a solution:
   
In my local grocery store, I found a broth suitable for "spiking" my girls water.
   
Most "low sodium" broths still had hundreds of mg's (sometimes near 1/2 gram) of sodium per cup, and of course the regular broths can reach or exceed a gram of sodium per cup serving.
   
Anyway, I found a store brand (Central Market- HEB, Texas) Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, low sodium.
   
Only 70mg sodium per cup. Simple Ingredient list: [Organic Free Range Chicken Broth (cups of broth freely grazing in a pasture??), organic sugar (only 1g carb/cup), org yeast xtract, organic veg stock, sea salt, org onion, org garlic, org turmeric.]
   
Granted, theres the onion & garlic in there, but if the sugar, which is higher up on the ingredient list, is only 1 gram- the onion & garlic content is minuscule.
   
I found I only needed to use a tablespoon or 2 per 1/2 liter of water to induce her to drink.
   
Many, actually most, store brands are just repackaged major brands. Mine was in one of those rectangular cardboard/paperish cartons, like Swanson uses. So it may be something that can be found in many grocery stores.
   
As far as using regular broth, doing some (really) rough calculations on a broth with 800mg sodium/cup- you'd have around 90mg/ounce, and somewhere around 30-50mg per tablespoon. If you're diluting that with 1/2 liter of water, that's a negligible amnt. If you need to get a dog to drink, it'd be much better to get an extra 50mg of sodium with a 1/2 liter than to not get that 1/2 liter at all. Of course if you go with reduced sodium broths, you can get much lower. One could also cut back a little on that days food to compensate for the added sodium- particularly if you're feeding canned food, which _usually_ has more sodium than dry foods.
   
Hrmph. Now that I've done the calculations, it seems I spent a whole lot longer searching for my ultra-ultra low sodium broth than I probably needed to. Then again, peace of mind is a good and worthy thing for one to spend time on.
   
btw- this was for a large dog, hence the large 1/2l servings of h2o at a time. if you do add broth (or most flavorings for that matter)to a dogs water, make sure you do it in a CLEAN bowl, in an amount of cool water that the dog can comfortably and safely drink at one time, and toss the un-ingested portion when the animal is done. Broths are wonderful mediums for bacterial growth, and are often used in the lab for such purpose.
   
(I also add(ed) 2oz h2o per/1.5cups dry dogfood to increase h2o intake)
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Jan 2nd, 2012 15:29
Iowa
cdraeger
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I have a dog like this also. He was raised in the mountains where he had fresh water, and now lives in a city where there is funny tasting bad smelling water. First try fresh bottled spring water, that will get rid of the bad smelling tasting stuff. If that dosn't work try ice cubes. Put ice cubes in his water bowl so he can chase it around the bowl and dunk for it, making a game out of it. You can also put ice cubes in the tile kitchen floor and let him chase the cube around. Try making a game of this, it could be fun for the dog.
   
Also if you put something good tasting in the water this might inspire him like Gator Aid mix, it wil increase the dogs eletrolites and taste good at the same time. Avoid anything with artifical sweetners as this is bad for dogs. Once I made my sister's dog egg nog to get him to urinate, to get a urine sample for the vet. That worked good.
   
You can also get a child's squirt gun and have him play with the streem of water. Some dogs like this, others it makes them mad!! You can also try a childs medicine syringe. I would do this only if the dog was dehydrated, as forcing water down a dog is no9t teaching him/her to like it.
   
If you put water in thier food, they will get water with thier food, but drink less. Soup now and then might make a tasty treet!
   
Praise the dog every times he drinks water out of his water bowl. So when ever he/she drinks out of his bowl, praise him/her lavishly, and/or give the dog a treet for every time they drink water.
   
I hope these methods will help.
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