We just got a 9 week old Boston Terrier puppy. He eats well but will not drink out of the water bowl. I tried putting some water on my hands and he'll lick it off but I'm afraid he's getting dehydrated. He didn't pee very much this morning when we took him out. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
I would not wait. I would give a little bit of food and get water into your puppy. Dehydration can set in fast. Sorry if I mis communicated. That's why I suggested just a little food and dont flood, just get water into him now.
Update: we got him to drink. He wouldn't drink out of his stainless steel bowls. He was curious and would approach it but would back up as soon as he got within an inch of it. We finally realized that he might be scared of his own reflection. We put water in a clear tupperware bowl and he drank it up right away. I also mixed some water in with his food which he gobbled up, so I think he's plenty hydrated now. Thanks for the advice!
Hi Mandy. We have a 11wk.old Yorkie. She will drink from the water bowl but what we did was put a little water bottle like you buy for hamsters etc. in her crate. She will sometimes even go over and drink from it when she is playing. The babies were on one when we bought her and so we just decided to put one in her crate so she could have a drink in the nite if she needed it. Might try that. All they have to do is just lick it to get water. Try something because you sure don't want that baby to dehydrate. Good luck.
Mandyck, it's quite common it seems, for Bostons to have funny little quirks with their food, dishes, eating habits. I have 2 that will only eat out of a plastic bowl, and now they are finally all drinking out of ceramic. Good luck with your baby, he looks like a sweet little guy.
Glad your pup is drinking!!!!! But don't give it ICE.. it could end up with a serious problem.. cramps.. stomach spasms which will lead to a serious bloating. I read an article about this..and it makes good sense... the quick temperature difference could kill or seriouly injure organs in animals! MAINLY if the dogs has been exercising or out running first... kind of like a swimmer in cold water...getting muscle cramps. I could be wrong...but..when I read the article on ICE with animals..It made sense and I won't give any of my animals ICE..frozen cool pops..etc..