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Hello, my dog's name is Otis. He is only a year old. Recently, he has been very sick. He threw up once and had yellow diarrhea for a few days. I have fed him rice since I read that it helps. I checked his gums and the whites of his eyes, but they are normal. He has not had water or anything to drink for several days, so I have resorted to regurgitating water into his mouth. I can't afford to give him an IV, how do I get him to drink water? He seems very energetic and playful; however, he has only been eating rice for the past few days (i am making chicken for him to get some protein for him), I fear he may become dehydrated if I can't find a way to make him drink water without force.:confused:
 

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Hi Otis G.
In some cases, illnesses such as diabetes and kidney disease may cause a dog's thirst for water to diminish completely. Bladder infection or urinary tract infection can also cause a decrease in thirst. So if you think your dog won't drink water because of a disease, you should contact your vet immediately.
Hope all goes well!
 

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I agree with @jeffthepug that it would be best if you could run him to the vet asap. If he truly isn't drinking, you run the risk of dehydration and that could end up costing you way more in vet bills--- and worse, you could end up with a very sick doggie.

But-- if that is not an option for you today, what about getting some uncooked chicken (breasts are best--lower fat) at the store and boiling it in a pot of water?

We do this all the time for our training treats. Your dog may drink the soup/ broth from the chicken since it will taste and smell delicious. Also you can pour the broth over kibble when he starts feeling better and eating properly.

You can also freeze the broth in ice cube trays for easy future use.

Just today I cut up our batch of boiled chicken and put it in ziplocs for future training treats. And I froze the broth in several ice cube trays and put the cubes in ziplocs for future use.
 

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I don't want to be doom and gloom, but not drinking for several days is a real problem..and a symptom of some other problem that needs to be found. For your own peace of mind and for your dog's well being, and maybe even his life, get him into a vet.

If there is no way to get him seen, then do your own exam to see if anything obvious is going on. Look online for how to examine your dog. Buy a digital thermometer at the dollar store and see if his temperature is okay.

Check out: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/What-is-Involved-in-a-Physical-Exam-for-Your-Dog.

What may be an just office visit/exam and a prescription now, could turn into something far worse and far more expensive in a very short time. Speaking from experience here.

Wishing him fast recovery!
 

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He has yellow poop now, clear urine, and throws up after drinking water. He pees every 10 minutes like he can't control his bladder
 

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Also, I have had good luck with hydrating my dogs orally with a needless syringe. You can usually get them for a few bucks at a drugstore or grocery store. Or ask at your local pharmacy. No needles, ask for the needless type.

Fill it with water, or homemade chicken broth, and gently and slowly squirt it in the side of the dog's mouth. Go very slowly and carefully as you do it!!

I did this for my Athena dog when she was having troubles for a bit.

But again, this is not a substitute for seeing a vet at all if your dog is not drinking on his own.

Best to you guys!
 

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I hope by now you have this diagnosed and under control. Going for even 24 hours without water can cause serious problems due to dehydration, plus whatever is causing him to be sick and refusing to drink water.
 
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