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Discussion Title: How can I get my dog to drink more water?

Posted by ScruffysPerson on Date: May 27th, 2008 13:12

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.

Posted by Zippygirl on Date: May 27th, 2008 19:18

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

Posted by ScruffysPerson on Date: May 28th, 2008 13:54

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 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.

Posted by Zippygirl on Date: May 28th, 2008 18:45

i honestly have never heard of any flavoring to add to water but in the past what i have done is mixed a little wet food with with water to give it some flavor

Posted by ScruffysPerson on Date: May 29th, 2008 09:26

Thanks again, I'll try that too. Boy, I'd probably make a fortune off of my idea to add flavoring to water....hmmmmm wonder what kind of flavoring they would like? :)

Posted by jromy02 on Date: May 30th, 2008 13:24

My female Boxer doesn't drink alot of water either. I have put a little chicken broth to flavor the water or Ice Cubes. When she is bobbing in the water to try and eat the ice, she is drinking. Maybe that will help? Good luck.

Posted by muggsytrout on Date: May 30th, 2008 19:03

I was bringing a bowl to my cat when he was sleeping, or whatever. i put it right under his nose! hed drink every time. it was like he didnt know he was thirsty til i brought it TO him. he had kidney failure and was dehydrated, not good at all. theres a way to check to see if hes dehydrated by lifting the skin on his back. ask someone how to do it and check him out. su

Posted by abrewer on Date: Dec 2nd, 2008 15:42

I understand about the uti's and had a dog who got them constantly even though she drank enough water. Cranberries supplements were a lifesaver! The antibiotics never worked but the cranberry supp. worked and kept her clear of uti's.

Posted by ScruffysPerson on Date: Dec 2nd, 2008 15:50

Cranberry supplements....sounds good. Is it safe though? I heard that its not good to give animals things that humans use unless you consult a professional about it. Like Tylenol can kill dogs, so I'm a little wary about using the cranberry supplements unless I hear differently from someone who is like professional.
I appreciate the feeback truly I do, and hope I can use them.
Is there a vet out here who knows if its okay to use cranberry supplements on dogs? If so, how much do you use?
Thanks a bunch!

Posted by johannah on Date: Jan 13th, 2009 22:09

My vet suggested cranberry supplements for my border terrier. It did help as she was getting urinary tract infections on a regular basis and also had crystals in her urine. You can get cranberry supplements made especially for dogs. Try local health food stores on on the internet. I live in the Clearwater area and Natural Pet Food Store and Munchies sell the supplement if you live near them.

Posted by ScruffysPerson on Date: Jan 16th, 2009 09:57

Aren't you wonderful....thank you so much for letting me know that....I'm going to check my pet store first and go from there with what you mentioned....thanks again!

Posted by ScruffysPerson on Date: Jan 16th, 2009 09:58

BTW....I did switch groomers too, and he hasn't had one since this request for advice was posted, nor has he had one since I switched groomers too....don't know what went right, just grateful for it...thanks for this place too...

Posted by azbabe on Date: March 20th, 2009 09:55

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.....

Posted by johannah on Date: March 20th, 2009 11:32

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.

Posted by azbabe on Date: March 20th, 2009 11:53

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
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.

Posted by johannah on Date: March 20th, 2009 12:24

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.

Posted by deusXmchna on Date: June 28th, 2009 12:25

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)

Posted by cdraeger on Date: Jan 2nd, 2012 15:29

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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