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Can dogs drink soda or juice?
I was reading this question earlier. Does anyone have a hard and fast rule regarding what a dog can or cannot have? I have two labs that like to drink a lot of water, which I assume is for reasons that are purely scientific, but I am not sure what kind of things they are looking for that water provides for them, such as hydration, minerals, etc.
Anyway, can dogs drink soda or juice, or are they not meant to, which is kind of a moot question since they don't really like it anyway? Thanks for the help.
This is my question... when my cat drinks too much water and starts to lose muscle and bone, I tell him not to drink any, by putting him in a "calm room" where he can't get water. I believe that is what is meant by dehydration. When it gets serious, you put them in a cage and they are given some sort of liquid food. You see their tongue get long and thin and their nails will get dirty and their poop will look like pebbles, not soft poops. You can't force them to eat if they don't want to. In my experience, they get a drink of water and they'll drink it but if they don't get something in their mouth soon they won't eat again. The vet will check their temp and if it is too low, they'll get fluids. We only have to do this for a week or so. They don't like it, but they have to drink it. The key is to make sure they have what they need. The vet is the best person to tell you what to do.
My dog is an adult, and was always given plain water. His food had salt added, and he drank salt water for a few months when I started with the salt diet. He's a very food-motivated dog, so salt was only added for a short time. I now give him water w/ and w/o salt. He drinks it, and doesn't like it w/ salt. At first, I'd give a little at a time, and gradually increase it until he drank at least half of it. My vet did the same thing, even giving him a salt lick to see if that would help, but no luck.
The important thing is not to let your dog go without water for too long. A vet should be able to help you work it out. I would suggest getting a better dog water bowl, and getting someone else to use it while you get the water, to try to confuse the dog a bit and help him learn.
Thanks. I was worried about that because I got it a few weeks ago and he likes to play in it. He'll drink a bit from it if I give it to him but when I take it away he's fine. I don't know if he's just got a natural dislike to water that has nothing to do with the salt. I know a lot of dogs won't drink plain water if you give it to them for the first time.
I've made it a practice to always give him water and feed it to him so he will learn that water is a good thing. He's drinking water with salt now and seems to like it. He's drinking it slowly and getting it into his mouth at all times. I just wish he would drink it when I put it in his mouth. I guess it's something that is going to have to be worked out.
I gave him some canned food tonight and I gave the salt to him before he ate it. He ate the food but didn't eat the salt and got very dehydrated. I thought if he ate some salt, it would be easier to get him to drink it. I don't think he got a ton but he had his stomach pumped anyway. I'm not sure what to think about it. We'll see how he does tomorrow.