How to Get A Dog To Drink More Water
Every year when the weather cools down and most of the world has to turn the heat up people worry about how to get a dog to drink more water. That is because they know that the dry heat makes us more thirsty and most likely has that effect on our dogs too. We wrote a post back in February of 2011 in reponse to one of our long time reader’s questions called 5 Ways to Get Your Dog to Drink More. Since I am currently contemplating putting the heat on I felt that this would be a great time to touch on the subject again.
Davinia and Indiana are picky drinkers. They prefer to drink out of a small animal water bottle. They lick the tube control ball and begin drinking I leave it hanging in their crate filled with water at all times with the door open so when they are not in their crate they can just walk over and drink. This is the exact water bottle we have and I think it would be fine for a dog up to at least 30 pounds. It has a rather wide ball that they lick to get the water which means a dog under 10 lbs is probably better off with a water bottle meant for bunnies or other small animals that has a smaller licking ball. For really big dogs they make water ball attachments that can go right on the outside or inside spigot that allows your dog to get water directly from the tap anytime they would like.
Davinia and Indiana will both drink out of big giant bowls where their ears get soaking wet. There are a ton of different kinds of bowls that are on the market now that help keep your dog’s ears out of the water that might work for your family. Sometimes it is a matter of experimenting to find what works for you. From Spaniel Bowls to no slobber bowls each dog will have their own preference.
If if figuring out how to get a dog to drink more water is medically related try adding water to their food. You can either just pour some water into their food last second before serving it to them or you can let the food soak in the water until it is all soaked up by the kibble. You can then bake it in a pan like a meatloaf let it cool and pour some more water on top before serving. Another option is to give a little carrot juice with their food or on the side as a substitute for water will give your dog extra vitamins and minerals. Which in turn will help your dog heal and the sweet carrot taste will make them drink more.
Have a really stubborn pup that will just not drink water? You can make them chicken soup. Throw some chicken into water and boil if you are feeling really adventurous you can throw in some chopped up carrots and celery and maybe even a little bit of powered garlic (DO NOT ADD ONIONS OR SALT). Boiled chicken is great for a dog with an upset stomach or a dog recovering from surgery or you can pull the chicken out and just give the broth over their normal dinner. Make a big batch and store in an airtight container so you just need to warm it back up for later or let it sit out at room temperature before serving. You can put some warm (not hot) broth out on a cold day as a special treat just remember that your dog will need to go out to potty more often.
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