Why won't my dog drink water?
Posted August 18 2007 - 10:52 AM
her urine is very concentrated and I am not understanding why she won't dr4ink more water! She prob drinks lik 4 ounces a day.
I don't know if this nakes a difference but she is eating whole food dog food and I am mostly feeding her canned food right now because her ribs are a little jaring. So I don't know if the canned food's moisture makes her less thirsty?
Posted August 18 2007 - 12:29 PM
one of my dogs refuses to drink tap water, so i have a container of rainwater, planted with pond plants to keep the water sweet for him by the front door.
as you have only had her 3 days, she may simply have not settled in enough to act 'normally' yet. by this i mean, does she play much? can you let her off the leash yet?
if not she probably just isnt as thirsty as she would be if she was bombing round like a nutter all day
however if it keeps up, or you are worried, or she is dehydrated (pinch the skin on the scruff into a tent shape, then release, if hydrated it will spring back, if dehydrated it will take some time to return) then i would get her checked out at the vets in case she picked up something from the shelter.
Posted August 18 2007 - 12:54 PM
If you do make an appointment with your vet do them a favor and try to get a urine sample before you go- it will be easier on your dog and the staff at the vet clinic
Posted August 19 2007 - 01:46 AM
Posted August 19 2007 - 06:04 AM
Usually, dehydration in dogs leaves them very lethargic and sleepy, while "Bunjies" suggestion above for checking for dehydation is a perfect diagnostic. Of course, if her water intake remains low after 7-10 days, it might be wise to take her in and have them do a urine test and maybe even a blood panel test to make sure her kidneys and liver are working properly.
I know you and your family are blessed for saving a shelter dog and I am hoping for the best for your Gracie!
Posted August 19 2007 - 09:10 AM
I gave Gracie some bottled water and she still did not drink it. I am going to give her some time to adjust, like suggested. She doesn't have any other health problems. Her number twos are solid and she is not constipated, which I know is another sign of dehydration.
She is playing more and more everyday. She didn't at all at first. Between us we walk her prob about 5 times a day and she goes for a ride in the car almost everyday so she is getting enough activity where she should be thirsty.
I am going to go visit back in San Diego in a week while Andy's out of town and have a good vet down there (this is a small town and I wouldn't take Gracie to the vet here unless she was sick). I think I'll take her for a visit and see what they suggest.
Thank you for all of your suggestions
If you watch Thelma and Louise backwards, it's about two women with a flying car who slowly realize their place is in the kitchen
Posted August 19 2007 - 07:06 PM
Posted August 19 2007 - 07:14 PM
Posted August 20 2007 - 05:50 AM
He was a shelter dog, too, and he still has some odd quirks. But, we love him anyway.
Posted August 21 2007 - 10:35 PM