5 Ways to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water

5 Ways to Get Your Dog To Drink More Water

5 Ways to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water

We were asked how to help a dog drink more. Before you attempt to get them to drink more figure out how much they are actually drinking per day. Do you add water to their food at each meal? Are you feeding dry kibble or something that the liquid hasn’t been cooked out as much? Is your dog playing by a body of water that they can lean down and drink from?

5 Ways to Get Your Dog To Drink More Water


1. Put water in with their food. It will help slow them down when eating and will help them get more water per day. Plus you control it. 
2. Sprinkle their water with a few blueberries or cranberries or other cut up fruit they will drink some water while getting the fruit out. Plus they will get a special healthy treat. 
3. If they don’t like their bowl replace it. Who cares what they drink out of as long as they will drink on their own. Try one of your cereal bowls or even a cup. Switch it up make it fun for your dog. 
4. Buy a pet water fountain. Dogs love to drink fresh moving water heck they also love to drink out of the swimming pool and puddles. Give them what they want. 
5. If your dog is sick you can use chicken broth or watered down carrot juice instead of water. Original Flavor Pedialyte will help get your dog electrolytes. I never use the water alternative straight I always water it down a bit. 

If everything else fails and you are nursing a sick dog that has already seen the vet use a syringe to get water or other liquid into them.

Looking for even more ways to get your dog to drink more? Check out this post on How to get your dog to drink more water!


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  1. I never thought of a water fountain. That is a good idea. My dog loves to try to bite the water coming out of a hose so I expect she would like a fountain too.

  2. Thank you so much, Felissa, for answering my question. I like the idea of the berries in the water. A fountain won't work on the boat, and we are already putting water in with his food. We appreciate your help here. Rosemary and Nelson.

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  4. HA! I was just thinking today that I need to start drinking more water. Too much coffee, not enough watery goodness. Never would have thought this would be something dog owners need to worry about for their little ones. Great tips. – Katy
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  6. Be careful with your chicken stock. I fear that new dog owners will think it’s a good idea to use some chicken stock they’ve picked up at the store and that can have garlic or other things that are bad for your dog in it. Any chance you can put a caveat on number 5?

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  9. I had discussed this with my vet and he suggested wet food. I was always under the impression that the dry food, as well as dog biscuits were better for their teeth, but he had mentioned that dogs tend to just swallow the majority of hard foods. After hearing this, I paid close attention to my dog and he was right, he chewed very little of the food. Hard foods have very little to do with good dental health. He mentioned that wet foods were very high in water content and that they would derive quite a bit of moisture from it … this proved a good solution for a dog I had that was convalescing.

    • Dry food manufacturers wants you to think that. Same people who say you should stick with the same food (theirs) and not switch.

    • There is absolutely no research to show that Blueberries are unhealthy for dogs let alone deadly. Blueberries are high in Vitamin C, low in fat and high in Fiber. Feeding Blueberries in moderation increase Antioxidants to help combat cell damage. Many high quality pet food and treats include blueberries for these very reasons. Like with anything else moderation is key but a few blueberries as a healthy snack is certainly not going to be harmful.

      I think you mean grapes are toxic to dogs.
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  10. I started adding warm water to dry food to get my dog’s water intake up. I measure both the food and the water….that way I can track it. This is a dog that was found injured on the side of the road, so I am monitoring her closely until she is back to normal. She has a lot of challenges (hip dysplasia, etc.) but is so worth the trouble.

  11. My dog has been very sick after having anesthesia injection and she is not drinking nearly enough.
    I thought of the little trick to put some fluids in.
    Take a swab of cotton wool, the fluffy kind a soak it in water, open you dogs mouth, and slowly squeeze the water in.
    I have only just tried this, and hope it encourages her to drink some more soon.
    Hope this helps.

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