Bladder infections or urinary tract infections are two main causes of decreased thirst. It could also be diabetes or kidney disease. If you notice other symptoms, such as lethargy and loss of appetite, and feel like something is wrong, it’s important to call your veterinarian and discuss what’s going on.
Contact a Vet: If your dog still won’t drink water or has a medical condition, you should contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. In the event of illness, adequate hydration is important for the recovery process and therefore it is very important that your pet gets professional help.
Reasons Your Dog Is Not Drinking Water
The big concern is when there is an acute change in YOUR dog. If your dog suddenly stops or significantly reduces their water intake, it is a cause for concern and a reason to contact your vet immediately.
The medical reasons for a dog not drinking water but eating food are limited. The first is pain somewhere. Joint or muscle pain can make those extra trips to the water bowl difficult, so a dog will only drink when he’s already at the food bowl to eat.
How long does dehydration last in dogs? Your pet can survive approximately 72 hours (three days) without drinking water. However, it shows signs of drying out after the first 24 hours. Go beyond that and your furry friend will begin to feel weaker and weaker.
Offer distilled water
Add a drop or two of tuna juice from canned tuna (packed in water). Always keep a separate bowl of fresh water handy. Add 1 teaspoon of Whiskas Cat Milk (lactose-free milk), beef broth, or chicken broth to each bowl of water. Put ice cubes in the water bowl.
Pain, difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, straining to urinate, and very small but frequent urination are all signs that your dog may be suffering from a bladder infection. Other signs of bladder infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) include: Urge to urinate.