Have found some interesting information on salt intake of dogs. Apparently highish levels of salt do not have the adverse effects that it does on humans. QUOTE The 1985 NRC publication, Nutrient Requirements of Dogs, states the following: "One percent ofsodium chloride (salt) in the total dry-type diet will supply normal needs and is not excessive for rnormal dogs." (142). AAFCO (289) recommends 0.3% sodium and 0.45% chloride in the diet of growing and reproducing dogs. Symptoms of a deficiency are fatigue, exhaustion, inability to maintain water balance, decreased water intake, retarded growth, dryness of skin and loss of hair (142). Dr.C. M. McCay of Cornell University reported that dogs fed diets containing 2% added salt consumed more water than usual but remained in good health (56). Salt in pet food: what is wrong with it? This could have been the reason for my dog not drinking, salt deficiency. I have contacted both food manufacturers asking for details of salt content of their product.