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PaulF

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Dog not drinking enough?
« on: June 20, 2017, 10:10:44 am »
Maybe I'm worrying too much but our dog doesn't seem to be  drinking much in the heat. I haven't compared to normal quantities, just a feeling that she should be drinking more.


Other than that there's nothing amiss, she's eating, keen to exercise etc..




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Re: Dog not drinking enough?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 12:31:26 pm »
I know cats don't drink much, but I have the same worry about Pete. The only way I can get him to drink is to poach some chicken and give him the cooled poaching water.
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Re: Dog not drinking enough?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2017, 12:51:34 pm »
Dog and cats get pretty much what they need from their food with occasional slurps, so says our vet, they don't per se sweat so don't lose moisture like sticky humans (and contrary to popular belief, humans don't need to go everywhere clutching a bottle of water on the grounds they might die of thirst on the 7.49 to Cannon Street). Bad Cat will only drink directly out of the tap, usually at the same time I plan to use the same sink, so I suspect that's just to annoy me.
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Re: Dog not drinking enough?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2017, 03:28:22 pm »
Charlie drinks much more freely than any other cat I've owned - enough that I mentioned it to the vet.  She merely checked that it was something he always did, and hadn't suddenly started doing, but seemed otherwise unconcerned, outlining the same reasons as Ian.  She also speculated that if he keeps up the habit, it might ease any kidney issues later in life. 
As long as you grant free access to water, she'll probably drink (or not drink) exactly as she needs.  We put trays of water around the garden for all comers, and keep them topped up with fresh water.  A scald with boiling every few days gets rid of algae and skeeter larvae.  Charlie will hoover great laps of it once or twice a day.  His diet is the usual mix of wet food and crunchies, along with whatever squeaky crunchy wildlife he's managed to butcher along the way.  I'm not sure whether frogs count as food or drink, but it didn't really stay down long enough to count...
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Re: Dog not drinking enough?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2017, 03:45:42 pm »
You've just reminded me to re-fill the large dog bowl in the garden.  Mainly used by birds atm, but probably various small mammals during the hours of darkness.
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Re: Dog not drinking enough?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2017, 04:28:39 pm »
I keep a dog bowl in the workshop. They do use it, but this weather they mostly like just to come in and flop down on the cold concrete floor.
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Re: Dog not drinking enough?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2017, 08:43:22 pm »
Charlie drinks much more freely than any other cat I've owned - enough that I mentioned it to the vet.  She merely checked that it was something he always did, and hadn't suddenly started doing, but seemed otherwise unconcerned, outlining the same reasons as Ian.  She also speculated that if he keeps up the habit, it might ease any kidney issues later in life. 
As long as you grant free access to water, she'll probably drink (or not drink) exactly as she needs.  We put trays of water around the garden for all comers, and keep them topped up with fresh water.  A scald with boiling every few days gets rid of algae and skeeter larvae.  Charlie will hoover great laps of it once or twice a day.  His diet is the usual mix of wet food and crunchies, along with whatever squeaky crunchy wildlife he's managed to butcher along the way.  I'm not sure whether frogs count as food or drink, but it didn't really stay down long enough to count...

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