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Old 10-03-2010, 04:23 PM
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My puppy doesn't seem to drink much water

I put fresh (filtered) water down every day for my puppy but he doesn't seem to drink very much. It's not hot here in the UK so he doesn't require cooling down but I still think it's a bit strange that he hardly drinks.

I'm not sure what's typical for a puppy (15 weeks old) - and, to be honest, I don't measure out what he's getting - but I thought he'd drink more than he does.

He's on a raw food diet and he seems to wee reasonably regularly. He doesn't get water from any other source (although he'll occasionally drink a couple of sips from a big puddle). He always has access to his bowl during the day, though I don't give him any in his crate at night.

Any thoughts on how to encourage him to drink more - or should I just trust that he's getting what he needs?
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He's probably getting what he needs, and I'm not sure but I THINK that with raw there is a good amount of water in his food already, which may be why he isn't needing to drink much. The only thing I can think of to encourage him to drink more is to maybe add a little something tasty to his water (I sometimes give my dogs watered down milk.. you could try that if you're really worried)
Are you familiar as to how to check for dehydration?
He sounds fine to me, but you may bring it up at your next vet visit. =]
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I have been home cooking for my dogs for a long time and they did not drink much water. I just started feeding one meal of kibble and they are drinking a ton of water now. So if you are feeding raw I would not worry. If the food has water content they don't need to drink much water.
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Heya.

Because you're feeding raw, he's getting a lot of water from the meat and veggies, so that's probably why - he just doens't need it.
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Thanks so much everyone. I'll mention it to the vets (with slight trepidation as she's against raw feeding). What are the signs of dehydration?
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Yes, raw fed dogs don't need to drink nearly the quantities of water kibble fed dogs eat.

So long as pup is feeling well, peeing well, and the pee is not concentrated, things should be fine.

Our raw fed dogs only drink with great vigor after exercise. Otherwise they just sip here and there.

PS. Congratulations on raw feeding your pup! IMO, its an optimal way to nourish a growing body.
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I'm starting raw on Wednesday, so if you have any tips, Tess, feel free to share them!
And that offer extends to you too, Sarah.
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That's awesome Tulip! I just recommend you read the threads here on raw, and also do plenty of reading of books. There are several here I have read and recommend.

Amazon.com: raw reeding dogs: Books Amazon.com: raw reeding dogs: Books


Start simple, with just chicken necks or wings. Monitor pup as she eats to make sure she does not gulp, but rather that she chews. Don't add other meats for a while, at least a week. Go slow, and watch the poo consistency. In general more bone will firm up poo. Don't add in raw liver/organs for quite a while. Dogs find that very rich. Slow and steady on the additions... I cannot stress enough, from my own experience. It was probably a couple of months before I could give them anything and their systems could handle it.

Let us know if you have problems... may be able to help trouble shoot.
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Yep - I've been feeding wings for the last few months, and for the last couple weeks bones, and now we're just in the final hurdle! They're doing okay on it, they grind as oppose to just swallowing it down and their poop isn't too white etc. so I think we're finally ready!
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Wow - good luck Tulip. I agree with everything Tess said. I found reading books and articles on the internet really helpful (and sometimes really scary!) - plus the forum members have been really supportive.

Here are the books I have read:
Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals by Lew Olson
Work Wonders: Feed Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones by Tom Lonsdale

I have a friend who's a vet who is really encouraging and helpful and she suggested I never feed bones from an animal that my size of dog would be unlikely to kill. So, I'm not giving him beef bones for example - whereas a large breed may be OK with them. I'm sticking to chicken, duck, rabbit (if I can get some) and later some lamb - plus meat from a range of animals including beef. I've also been giving him mashed up vegetables (some cooked, some raw) though it seems the jury's out on whether they're needed or not plus I've given him raw egg and a small amount of cottage cheese.

At the moment I'm feeding him around 20% of his body weight in food per week but I'm going to increase that because he seems to need it. I'm still finding my way and the basic rule of thumb is - if he's getting a bit thin he needs more; if he's getting a bit tubby he needs less!! He probably needs more as he's a puppy too.

I've also found a great local source of organic meat which sells chicken and duck carcasses/necks etc for 70p/kg which I think is a good price. Make sure you're not buying condemned meat - else you may as well feed from a tin!

A local lady has some great information on her site (link below) on the pros and cons.

Why a ‘Natural Diet’? The Lady Dog Whisperers' Blog

Sounds like you've made a good start. It still slightly scares me how much bone my little puppy can crunch his way through! He poos way less than other puppies his age and it is virtually odourless which is great.

You will find that you will come across people who are vehemently against what you're doing but as long as you've done your homework I'm sure you'll be fine.
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