Dog drinking water only once a day.

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MyDobermanIsABeaut1 Sat 26-Jan-19 17:12:49

My DDog is almost two and for the last few months she has begun to drink water only once a day, usually just before we go up to bed. She has access to fresh water all day long from several sources; Kitchen, dining room, her crate and our bedroom where she sleeps at night in her own bed.

She will drink 2 massive bowls once we say it's bedtime but she does't drink any other time throughout the day nor in the morning. Sometimes if we have done an extra long walk/run she will have a few mouthfuls but even after her everyday walks/runs she won't drink. She gets us up a couple of times through the night since she has started drinking once a day when we have never had to do that since she was a young puppy.

We have taken her to the vet who has checked her over and other than a little bit of skin trouble (she's a Doberman so can be prone to skin issues) she's fit and healthy and the vet had no worries. She is going to the toilet normally and eating well. We haven't changed her food or anything else.

Has anyone had this with their DDog's?

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Blooger Sat 26-Jan-19 17:16:01

Try buying a water filter and giving her filtered water (or spring water in the unlikely event you have access). I've had a number of pet and horse owners tell me that their animals will drink a lot of filtered or spring water but won't drink much or any tap water. Seems like it's to do with the chlorine in the tap water, they don't like the smell or taste.

Littleraindrop15 Sat 26-Jan-19 17:17:31

Could she have a urine infection?

MrsJayy Sat 26-Jan-19 17:19:42

I have to change the dogs water several times a day or he won't drink he prefers it really fresh.

BiteyShark Sat 26-Jan-19 17:24:00

Mine prefers water that's been standing in watering cans outside, or stagnant puddles, basically anything rather then fresh water from the tap. When he can't get his disgusting outside water he tends to wait all day then drinks a huge amount from his bowl at the end of the day because there is nothing else.

MyDobermanIsABeaut1 Sat 26-Jan-19 17:30:02

Blooger Filtered water is a good idea I will look into getting a water filter for her, thank you.

MrsJayy we change out her water regularly, even more so since she started this because we thought she didn't like water that had been poured only half an hour previously grin

Littleraindrop15 it's a possibility I will keep an eye on her. She was at the vets recently and he found she was fit and healthy.

BiteyShark Ddog will do that with food. The other night I had a little bit of left over sour cream on my plate and offered it to her she turned her nose up at it until I'd scraped it into the bin where she gleefully ate it with gusto grin hmm

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HTKS Sat 26-Jan-19 17:33:06

Same here.... we have a visiting dog who drinks copiously all day but our dog only drinks a bit just before bed. Not even much really. He certainly seems to have plenty of wee available when we go for walks and has been like this since he “grew up” (he’s turning 3 in June). I haven’t worried about it. If they are healthy dogs I always think they will look after their own needs when it comes to going outside to the toilet, eating and drinking.


MrsJayy Sat 26-Jan-19 17:45:54

My Aunt used to foster service dog puppies and she used to give them bottled water only tap clearly not good for the little darlings grin

Scandaloso Sat 26-Jan-19 17:49:04

My dog also favours puddle water. I leave a couple of bowls in the garden to gather rainwater and he'll always go for that over his water bowls in the house.

Permanentlydisaffected Sat 26-Jan-19 17:52:46

My dog is the same, one very long drink a day usually in the eve, he's almost 7 though and always been the same so not too worried.

MyDobermanIsABeaut1 Sat 26-Jan-19 18:16:56

Thanks everyone, it seems it's quite common so I'm not too worried now. I'm going to get her a filter and keep an eye incase she has an underlying issue that hasn't picked been picked up yet. None of my previous dogs ever did this which is probably why I was a bit worried about her.

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DogInATent Sat 26-Jan-19 18:24:01

Ours isn't quite the same, but definitely has her biggest drink of the day before bed at this time of year. She comes in from night wees and by the time I've the door locked I can hear her slurping in the kitchen.

She won't drink at all before her walk in the morning, has a little when she gets home afterwards. And she might have a small drink through the day, but it's not very much.

cowfacemonkey Sat 26-Jan-19 18:28:35

Ddog doesn’t much like tap water so we keep a bowl outside that we fill up from the water butt or he drinks puddle water when he can. I do keep a bowl of tap water in the kitchen but it can go days untouched.

MattMagnolia Sat 26-Jan-19 19:17:47

My dog drinks only a couple of laps of water once a day or less. He’s fed on fresh food, not dry food, so gets all the moisture he needs from his food.
Surely dogs drink what they need, not having been brainwashed by the bottled water industry into believing they need gallons of water daily.

Spicylolly Mon 28-Jan-19 18:24:11

My dogs prefer the dirty bog water in our woods to the lovely fresh water i put down for them haha. One will drink a huge amount just once a day and then do one huge wee lol the other just has a few sips throughout the day.

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