Quick Answer: What does it mean when a dog won’t eat but drinks a lot of water?

If your dog eats but won’t drink water, it might be diabetes, a bladder infection, urinary tract infection, or kidney disease. These conditions call for a veterinary visit.

Why does my dog keep drinking water but not eating?

Why is my dog not eating but drinking water? A dog is drinking excessive amounts of water (a condition referred to as polydipsia) but refusing to eat could be a symptom of many things, including diabetes, liver disease or an infection, among others.

What does it mean when an older dog starts drinking a lot of water and not eating?

Many conditions can lead to excessive thirst or dehydration in your dog, including diabetes, Cushing’s disease, cancer, diarrhea, fever, infection, kidney disease, and liver disease, Sometimes, however, it may not be the condition itself causing your dog’s excessive thirst, but the medication used to treat it.

How long can a dog go without eating but drinking water?

Dogs are naturally able to go longer without food but their tolerance for not drinking water is much less. At most a dog can go three days without water intake but can survive for five to seven days or more without food.

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When should I worry about my dog not eating?

If your dog is quiet, not themselves, or displaying any other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness or lethargy; or has not eaten at all for 2 days then you should seek veterinary attention.

How much water should a dog drink in one sitting?

A good general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. So, a healthy 65-pound Labrador Retriever should be drinking between about 33 and 65 ounces, or about ¼ to ½ gallon of water daily.

Do dogs need water at night?

No. Healthy, adult dogs don’t need water in their crate overnight. Hydration isn’t an issue so long as your dog has plenty of water available throughout the day. Also, your dog should associate the ritual of going into her crate at night solely with sleep, comfort, and security, and not with drinking water.

What should I do if my dog drinks too much water?

If you even suspect that your dog has water intoxication, get to a vet or emergency clinic immediately. Water intoxication is not widely mentioned in the published veterinary literature and can be misdiagnosed as hypothermia or overexertion.

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