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If your dog refuses to drink water, it is very important to find out why. A dog that goes too long without water is in danger of a serious illness or even death. A trip to the vet will diagnose any health issues that may be causing this.
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February 9, 2012

My dog won't drink water. She will drink it if I mix it into her food, but not happily. She will drink some broth but not much. She has no problem eating, and will drink a little melted ice cream mixed with water but absolutely will not touch plain water on her own.

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful
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Our Shiztzuh is very picky about drinking and eating too. She refused to drink out of her bowl after another dog drank out of it. We have tried using different bowls, even a Cool-Whip bowl and she is better about drinking. Make sure you give her fresh water often too. Try putting the bowl in a different place. Our dog seemed to be afraid of the corner where her bowl was previously, so we moved it to another spot and she will drink.

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful
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Yes, your dog might have been frightened when she was tiny and is afraid to drink water because of the area the bowl is in, the bowl it's self, the smell of the bowl, who knows what they remember. Try a new bowl and put it in a new area. You might try putting a few cubes of ice in the water.

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Do not give her anything else to drink what so ever and if she is still not drinking water, a trip to the vet is in order. Just to let you know how silly some dogs can get, my sister's little dog saw a lizard by her drinking bowl and ever since would never eat or drink from that area again.

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February 10, 20120 found this helpful
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Do you live in an area where the tap water it treated with chlorine and/or flouride? If so, your dog might not like the smell of these chemicals. You could try buying a gallon of bottled water that has absolutely no chemicals in it and see if he likes that better.

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March 13, 20180 found this helpful
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Try purchasing a beverage dispenser for parties (large container with tap/spout near the bottom). Place on top of something sturdy that puts it at the right height for your dog.

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You can turn the spout until it drips at the rate you want. Put a bowl underneath to catch drips and that should do it.

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January 20, 2019

Our Maltese Shih-tzu, the white one, has stopped drinking water after her mom died some 3 weeks ago. Before that both dogs were drinking water at a normal amount per day. As her mom's health condition began to worsen she began to drink much more water at a time. She died of a heart complaint.

Since her mom's passing she has been having what I think is confidence issues, but that is improving.

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I can get her to drink some water by mixing it with her meals, but some times I have to add a little milk. I would appreciate your comments and advice.

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January 21, 20190 found this helpful
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I think you are right to think with a little time and a little help this situation will improve. But I would get a Vets input just to be sure. Could you do some extra activities with this little one? Perhaps some agility training or just more trips to the dog park. All those things are confidence builders.

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January 22, 20190 found this helpful
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Hi,

Many times a pet fountain wil convince dogs to drink more water. The fountain makes the water seem more desirable to the dog. Maybe this will help?

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---Robyn

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January 22, 20190 found this helpful
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I am curious as to whether the elder dog died of some specific ailment that maybe the younger dog caught? Maybe it was a heart condition but maybe it was caused by worms or some other parasite, and this same parasite is afflicting the little dog and causing this lack of desire to drink water?

Also my Rabies red flag went up when I heard about a dog that doesn't want to drink water from one moment to the next, but it doesn't sound like that's what's going on

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October 11, 2016

This is a page about a puppy not drinking water from a dish. Young puppies, recently weaned, may not want to drink from a dish without some coaxing.

Sad puppy laying next to a plastic dish - one paw in the dish.

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