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Posted on 04-19-2017

When your Pet Refuses to Drink Water in over 24 Hours

Refusal to drink water in pets is often accompanied by appetite loss as well, a clear indication your pet should be seen by an emergency vet in Studio City. How much water your pet should drink to prevent dehydration depends on how much they weigh, their growth rate and metabolism. Since kittens and puppies have higher metabolisms than adult dogs and cats, they should drink more than the recommended one cup of water per 10 pounds of body mass every day. In addition, feeding your pet canned food regularly will decrease her need for water, since canned dog and cat food contain between 70 and 80 percent water. You can keep track of how much water your pet drinks by filling her water bowl with exactly two or three cups of water and measuring the amount of water left the next time you refill the bowl. 

Dog drinking water

Possible Reasons Why Pets Stop Drinking Water

Certain health problems or diseases will make your pet feel too ill to drink or interfere with his ability to drink water. These include:

  • Periodontitis (teeth and gum disease may make it too painful for your pet to lap up water)
  • Rabies (particularly in middle to late stage rabies infections)
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Leptospirosis
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Lyme disease

When refusal to drink water is accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea, the threat of your pet becoming severely dehydrated in just a few hours is very real. Signs of dehydration, such as sunken eyes, lethargy, dry mouth, panting for no reason and rapid heartbeat, demand the experienced attention of a Studio City emergency veterinarian.

Even if your pet seems well, his refusal to drink any water for over 24 hours could indicate he is suffering a serious health problem. Please call Animal Emergency Centre at (818) 760-3882 to make an immediate appointment for your pet to be seen by a caring, professional emergency vet.

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