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My dog isn't drinking and she's dropping weight!

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Tash1991, Sep 20, 2019.


  1. Tash1991

    Tash1991 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello,

    My dog is a mix breed (Smooth Fox Terrier and pinscher) I've had her for +- 7 years. Does anybody know of something that will make her gain weight fast, she does eat a full bowl of food but she is not gaining weight and I have dewormed her, is there anything you can suggest?

    Also, do you maybe have an idea of how I can get her to drink water? This has been going on for a while now and the only way she will take in water is if I mix it with her food, she does not drink water out of her own even if its a hot day and she's panting, I have changed her water bowl twice, I wash her bowls, I've tried bottled water, low sodium broth, tea, fresh carrot juice ect. I have taken her to the vet twice and I have asked at pet stores but they not giving me what I need for her so if anybody has any suggestion or ideas I'll be so grateful.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Firstly, apologises but has she lost weight but eating normally? To me this would raise concerns and I would consult a vet.

    What are you feeding? If you feed wet it might be that your dog is getting enough moisture. Strange i would still expect some drinking but some dogs are odd. What did your vet say?
     
  3. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    Agree with what @lullabydream said but to add, provided she isn't lactose intolerant, I have found adding about a tablespoonful of milk to a bowl of water has been helpful in tempting dogs to drink.
     
  4. niamh123

    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    My boy loves ice cubes:)
     
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    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    I always worry mine would choke on an ice cube - do your boys crunch them?
     
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    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    Yes they crunch them right up even Floyd the 6kg JRT makes light work of them:)
     
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  7. Tash1991

    Tash1991 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you all for repliying, @lullabydream yes, she is eating normally, and will eat just about anything you give her but she's looks thinner. I can count her ribs and see her hip bones, put it to you that way, she was a chubby dog so with this happening to her, it is making me really worried. I feed her wet food and I wet her kibble, sometimes I would make rice and mix the wet food in it, she adores fish so she gets omega 3 there.

    I am planning on taking her to the vet again. When I took her the last time they said "That is strange" her blood results were fine and they thought maybe its is a behaviour problem, and gave me this hills tin food that was to help here gain weight, sorry cant remember the exact name of it, and I asked about something to entice her to drink water and they said I should just carry on with what im doing regarding the water and food. I dont mind doing that but then she only drinks once a day.

    I will definitely give the milk a try @JoanneF

    My girl plays with her ice cube :D@niamh123

     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Increase meal times.. So instead of how many meals a day add one or two. This is usually gentler on digestion, and stops problems of over feeding. I wouldn't add too much at once overall though...

    Sounds ridiculous but has your dog increased her exercise or do you know if she's suffering from anxiety
     
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    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    It sounds like she is having a good amount of water through her food as you are feeding wet and soaking her kibble:)
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Goat's milk is less likely to trigger problems then cow's. Freeze it in an ice cube tray then add a cube to a bowl of water. It really does make a difference to how much they drink.
     
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