View Full Version : Why won't she drink?

02-07-09, 11:33 AM
I just need a little bit of advice guys - sorry!

As in the title, Bonnie isn't drinking as much as I think she should in this hot weather http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif At home this morning she had fresh water at 6.30 and had a few slops and then again a few slops after her walk (including nice cooling dip in filthy pond) when we got to the office at 8.30. I have a theory perhaps I ought to go to said pond with a bucket? http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Since then her water has remained seemingly untouched, she is absolutely fine, loving everyone, brings me her ball when I go out in the yard and if I took her on she would play for hours - oh pleez? Right now she is asleep on her sleeping directors chair but that's not unusual.

We plan to have fun with watering the garden this evening to cool down again, as we did yesterday, although it has to be a watering can, get the hose out and you don't see her for dust! http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Do I really need to worry or am I being a neurotic Mum?

Sorry I haven't posted this week, moving house and promise to join in more and share pictures when I know my ar*e from my elbow http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

02-07-09, 11:59 AM
TBH i wouldn't worry! As long as there is freshwater available at all times she will drink when she wants to!

My Springer only drinks after coming back from walks she seems fine and i haven't been filling up her water any more than normal.

So unless you have changed her diet from wet food to dry or she seems poorly in herself don't worry. I know they can seem stupid at times but they won't not drink to the point of dehydration!

02-07-09, 12:05 PM
I wouldn't worry either.
I have 10 dogs, none of which are drinking any more then usual.
Maybe test whether she is dehydrated by pulling the skin of her scruff and see if it goes back down quickly.
If she is acting normal and seems happy and healthy in herself, don't worry http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

02-07-09, 12:06 PM
As long as she seems ok in herself and has water available I wouldn't worry - Henry is not drinking as much I expected him to but he is ok as well. If you are worried you can always hose her off to cool her down, just remember to get her belly nice and wet as dogs cool from the bottom up - something I learned from this very forum this week!

PS hurry up and get sorted so we can have some piccies of Bonnie - she looks gorgeous in your avatar! http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

02-07-09, 01:10 PM
Beau isnt drinking as much as I would like either but he has water available all the time! but if he doesnt choose to drink it then he must not be as thirsty as I expect.

She has drunk today so maybe she took enough in to tide her over for now..... so long as its available it should be fine!

Just ensure she does drink at least once! if she doesnt drink at all.... then there is reason to worry! http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

03-07-09, 08:46 PM
You could add water to her food if you are worried but if she's lively and healthy then I wouldn't be too concerned. My dog is a fussy thing but even she will drink when she needs to. She needs the water fresh and prefers a running stream but she also needs privacy and won't drink if she thinks i'm too starey.....