Your dog won’t drink water? Top 5 reasons why & what you can do

Your dog won’t drink water and you’re wondering why? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Under most circumstances, dogs will drink sufficiently and they will remain well-hydrated with no encouragement, but sometimes our dogs just aren’t thirsty. This article may help you to understand why your dog won’t drink water and what can you do about it. If your dog is also not eating, discover the reasons why a dog won’t eat.

Is water important for your dog?

Dogs, like humans, need to drink water every day as they are at risk from dehydration if they don’t. They are actually at greater risk than humans because they release heat from their bodies much more slowly. Dogs do have some sweat glands in their foot-pads, but not enough to cool their body. The body temperature of a dog is mostly controlled through panting.

Good to know: Water is, therefore, very important for a dog and we, as dog owners, need to provide our pups with enough water every day.

How much water does a dog need?

Use the table below to find out how much water your dog should be drinking each day, based on their size/breed, activity and temperature level, and food type:

infographic overview of how much water a dog needs by size, activity level, and food type

5 Reasons why your dog won’t drink water

Sometimes our dear pets refuse to drink water due to the following reasons:



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