Keeping your pet hydrated is extremely important!

Proper hydration is crucial in the healing process; however, the ill or painful dog may not be interested in drinking. It is important NOT to force water into your dog, as it could lead to aspiration pneumonia if your dog is not swallowing appropriately.

Pet hydration - Animal Hospital of Polaris

Listed below are several options to encourage your dog to intake water:

1. Give your dog an ice cube to lick.

2. Allow your dog to lick water from your hand or your finger.

3. Feed canned dog food, as it has a higher water content.

4. Add warm water or low-sodium broth to your dog’s food.

5. With your veterinarian’s permission, offer small amounts of Pedialyte.

6. Adding an ice cube to the water bowl can encourage some dogs to drink.

If your dog is weak and not interested in food or water, call your veterinarian immediately. Call us at any time at (614) 888-4050 should you have questions regarding your pet’s health, particularly if you are concerned about a state of dehydration!

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