My dog ??does not drink or little
A 20 kg dog drinks about 1 liter per day, but this amount can vary greatly from one animal to another.
In addition to the water that a dog drinks, he also receives water through the food:
– canned food consists of 80% water
– dry chunks contain only 10% water
Your dog is healthy
If your dog is happy and happy, plays, eats normally, but not or hardly drinks, you do not have to worry. Your dog can drink if he wants, but is not thirsty. Obviously he suffices the moisture that he gets through the food.
Dogs that drink little and have dark urine are more likely to develop kidney or bladder stones. You can make your dog drink more by:
Feeding canned food
Give a bladder grit diet
The lumps to water in water
Give a nice taste to the water (broth, milk)
Your dog is ill
If your dog is sick and does not drink, you should go to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your veterinarian can examine your animal and he can give fluid as an infusion.
A guideline about the fluid deficiency of your dog is:
The oral mucosa sticks
-Your dog loses at least 2% of his body weight of fluid
-A 20 kg dog weighs only 19.6 kg and has 400 ml of liquid shortage
A fold of skin * will pass more slowly than usual
-Your dog loses at least 5% of his body weight of fluid
-A 20 kg dog weighs only 19 kg, and has at least 1 liter of water shortage
A skin fold * does not pass
-Your dog loses 10% of his body weight of fluid
-A 20 kg dog weighs only 18 kg and has 2 liters of liquid shortage
If a dog loses 12% of his body weight of fluid, he can die of it.
-A reduced skin elasticity indicates poor blood circulation in the skin.
-Inderder-infusion is not or poorly absorbed in these dogs.
-It is better to use an intravenous (= in the blood vessels) infusion.
-Gooding through the blood vessels takes a long time and must remain “guarded”. This is not possible at an outpatient consultation. Your dog is therefore included for an infusion
– Obviously, it must also be considered why your dog is so ill. Because your dog is dehydrated, the kidney values ??will be increased. Only when your dog is no longer dehydrated can you see if the kidneys are damaged or not.