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My dog is struggling to drink.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Louise Mitchell, Nov 20, 2020.


  1. Louise Mitchell

    Louise Mitchell PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, for some reason my dog has been struggling to drink over the last couple of weeks. He is eating fine but seems to lap about 3 or 4 times then pulls away and opens his mouth (as if he's bit his tongue or lips, although I don't think this is what he's actually done), and licks his chops alot. He will go back to drink more but does the same again. I have been to the vet and showed them videos and explained but they are baffled and don't know what it could be, which isn't helpful. Myself and tge vets have checked his mouth, teeth and tongue but there's nothing noticeable.
    Hes only 4, so still young. Has anyone else experienced this or know what it could be?
     
  2. JoanneF

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    No, but I have some knowledge of helping to hydrate humans who can't/ won't drink.

    Would he get more fluid if you fed him wet food with extra water? Would he lick a water ice lolly? Some fruit and veg are very high in fluid, would he eat watermelon?
     
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    Long shot maybe, but if he's otherwise eating fine, could it be the taste of the water is off?
    Either the bowl it's in affecting the taste (plastic leaching chemicals etc), or something to do with your actual water?
    Assuming it's tapped, is he ok with bottled? Or maybe a bit of milk just to check?

    Mine pull funny faces and open their mouths if they don't like the taste of things.

    Thinking out loud :Bookworm
     
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    tyg'smum PetForums Senior

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    The taste of the water was my first thought - have there been recent works to the mains in the area? Have the local water authority perhaps altered the amount of - eg - fluoride - in the supply?
    My Lily will only drink plain tap water when she comes in from a walk, but she'll happily lap up water in her breakfast and evening meal, or if I swill out a tomato tin and our the water into her bowl.
     
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  5. Louise Mitchell

    Louise Mitchell PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the great suggestion. He usually has dry food but I have been putting vegetables and about 250ml of chicken or veg stock in his food just so he's getting those fluids. And funnily enough I've just made him a veg stock ice cube tonight.
    St least I know I'm going in the right direction.
     
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    Louise Mitchell PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestion but it's any kind of water in any kind of containers. He has an indoor bowl and outdoor bucket he likes to drink from but can't drink from either. He also tires to drink from puddles while we are out walking but can't manage that either. To be honest it's starting to upset me now as every time he sees water he tries to drink but can't and looks really uncomfortable when he tries. And the the vets don't even have an answer. Hopefully some light will be shed on it soon.
     
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    BlueJay Pack of Losers

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    Oh no, poor little sausage :(
    Could it be a neurological issue perhaps?
    What does he do with sloppy wet food?
    Have you tried a drinking fountain for him?
     
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    Have you had him scoped?

    I would certainly want further diagnostics.
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Just be aware that stock cubes are often high in salt, which will be counter productive.

    Maybe make your own bone broth to add to his meals instead.
     
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  10. Louise Mitchell

    Louise Mitchell PetForums Newbie

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    I really hope it's not neurological, that was the vets thought aswell, she did a few touch tests with him and he was responding so that's confusing. He eats the sloppy food just fine, doesn't look uncomfortable and it all goes in.
    A drinking fountain is a great idea though! Thank you, I'll definitely have a look at that.
     
  11. Louise Mitchell

    Louise Mitchell PetForums Newbie

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    He has an appointment with a different vet on 3rd Dec but I feel this is so far away. I'm hoping more light will be shed then.
     
  12. Louise Mitchell

    Louise Mitchell PetForums Newbie

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    Yes I did think that. I have been double diluting the cubes so they're a little more effective. Although, making my own bone both is a much better idea. Thank you.
     
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    Is the bowl on the floor?

    Maybe try raising it up?

    I stand my sighthound’s bowls on the clear plastic buckets that the bulk buy bird fat balls come in.
     
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  14. Louise Mitchell

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    Yes I have, but it's still the same. He has a bucket outside that's about head height but there's no change. I've even tried different temperatures of what but have had no luck.
     
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