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Q&A: Dog Won't Drink Water

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TeddyHilton.com readers, Maddie and her owner Bre, wrote in with a question for Dr. Patrick Mahaney, saying:

Hi Teddy,

You are adorbz! If you lived in the midwest I would dig a whole to go fine you for a date.

My owner & I both love you and wanted to know if you can find out why I don't seem to have much of an appetite or need for water right now. It is going to be 105 degrees where I live and Bre, my buddy tries to get me to drink plenty of water and eat but I just don't want to.

I love her and know she just wants me to be healthy and happy but I can't seem to care. I only go out to potty and we come back in immediately and she has 4 water dishes set out throughout our house but I just don't seem to want to drink much.

Late late at night she will take me out to the back yard and we run and play and we even play fetch but that is about the only time I want to take a lot of water in. Am I doing something wrong? Should I be drinking more? If so, how does Bre go about convincing me to do that?

Thanks and tell your master, Perez that we love your site and we are glad he put it up, without it I don't know if Bre would have come to the shelter and adopted me, I had been there 5 times and nobody ever wanted to keep me until she came along. She tells me I am in my forever home. I am soooo happy now.

love and licks,
Maddie (a BIG black labrador)

Dr. Patrick responded:

Hello Maddie (or should I say Bre),

Thank you for your question, as many dogs don't type as well as you and certainly don't have the language skills.

All dogs have varying water requirements based on their metabolism, environment, level of activity, degree of illness/health, etc. Perhaps you are sufficing your water needs without Bre seeing the water enter your mouth? If you eat any moist (canned or fresh) foods, eat ice cubes as treats, put your mouth on a water faucet/fountain/sprinkler you may be taking in more moisture than Brie realizes.

Provided you are not showing any other clinical signs of illness, it does not sound as though we need to be concerned about reduced water consumption. If this trend continues and you feel sick (decreased energy/appetite, development of vomit/diarrhea, etc), then please have Bre schedule an examination with your veterinarian.

Stay cool and don't spend too much time out in the 105 degree heat! I don't want our next correspondence to be a report of you having developed a heat related illness (heat stroke).

Dr PM

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