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misdee Tue 02-Aug-11 12:23:52

ralph has never been a big drinker.

how do i get more fluids into him? i'm lucky ifhe drinks half a bowl a day.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 02-Aug-11 12:28:59

Our dog rarely drinks water from his bowl.

However, the 'barrel pond' on the patio he sups out of happily (as do the birds)

Streams, muddy puddles - anything but straight tapwater!

He also loves leftover tea (milk, no sugar grin)

The other way to get more fluids in is to feed really wet food - when he had a tummy bug I made chicken and rice with really overcooked rice so it absorbed loads of the chicken stock.

Ephiny Tue 02-Aug-11 14:48:38

Some dogs seem to love drinking running water, i.e. slurping it as you're pouring it into the bowl - but show no interest in the same water just sitting in the bowl!

Do you feed dry kibble? You can put a bit of water in with that, I've done this occasionally though usually just give it dry (with water in a separate bowl) as I think it's better for their teeth.

misdee Tue 02-Aug-11 16:56:54

he is on a raw diet, no rice etc.

he loves a cuppa, (splash of milk, one mug black tea, 3 mugs cold water wich we gave him when he was ill and needed more fluids.) is that ok? just really worried about him in this heat.

Batteryhuman Tue 02-Aug-11 16:59:59

Surely, unless he is ill, if he is thirsty he will drink. with a raw diet there is probably quite a lot of moisture in his food.

tibni Tue 02-Aug-11 17:06:49

My dog was ill recently and the vet told us to give him a doggy dioralyte solution - pint water, 2 tablespoons sugar and half a teaspoon of salt. Alfie loved it and would drink it even though he was in considerable pain.

Alf isn't usually a big drinker but we still feed his dry food wet with lots of added water and he has veggies as well so I don't worry usually.

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