I originally put this in "breeds" by mistake:
I'm curious if anyone tracks how much water their dog(s) drink, besides "seems normal" or "seems low/high".
My pets all share the same water bowl. The cats have their own but don't use it. The dogs also have an automatic water bowl outside, so they have fresh water to drink (and not drink the pool water!).

I felt that I was filling the communal water bowl a LOT, so I finally got a "Le Bistro" waterer. 5 gallons (this sucker is heavy!). I got it Friday midday, and filled it sometime mid-afternoon. We had to fill it again Monday before bed. I think it's about 1/2 full now, but we've been indoors more due to the heat, where we had been outdoors almost all day Sunday, and a good deal of the day on Saturday.

Does this seem like a lot? A little? Just right? Unless the dogs are guzzling or not drinking at all, I don't worry about it, but curious if anyone else knows how much water gets consumed by their dogs!

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I'm curious if anyone tracks how much water their dog(s) drink, besides "seems normal" or "seems low/high". My pets all share the same water bowl.

For house dogs, I have a watering rack that holds 6 stainless steel bowls, which are refreshed at mealtimes. I don't really track individual water consumption, but I do keep an eye on dogs who appear to be drinking more or less than usual.
Does this seem like a lot? A little? Just right? Unless the dogs are guzzling or not drinking at all, I don't worry about it, but curious if anyone else knows how much water gets consumed by their dogs!

I think the rule of thumb is supposed to be 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day, but IME that varies widely, depending on a dog's activity level, age, weather, etc.

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Does this seem like a lot? A little? Just right? Unless the dogs are guzzling or not drinking at all, I don't worry about it, but curious if anyone else knows how much water gets consumed by their dogs!

I have read that "normal" consumption is about 0.7-1.4 oz per lb of body weight, depending on lots of factors, like activity level and temperature.
Oppie and Chile together consume about 5-7 cups per day (80 lb total together), living in an A/C house, with as much outdoor time as they want, and a 1 mile walk for Oppie early in the morning. Most of that is Oppie's. His big bowl is at shoulder height, but he also drinks from her little one on the floor.

We started keeping track of water consumption last fall when we noticed that we were filling Oppie's 7 cup bowl twice a day - he was drinking 12-13 cups each day. The only problem the vets could find was a low specific gravity of the urine (yeah, he was drinking a lot!); other kidney and glucose tests were in the normal range.
His drinking went down after we switched brands of his dog food; he had been eating two brands that subsequently turned up on the recall list, though we don't know the batch numbers. We suspect melamine contamination - of course, we can't prove it. (Melamine is a diuretic, among it other properties.)
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I'm curious if anyone tracks how much water their dog(s) drink, besides "seems normal" or "seems low/high".

I don't monitor water intake as a rule, but I do monitor urine output, both quantity and quality (I watch as it comes out to see if it appears too concentrated), for the dogs and the cats. Thankfully my cats aren't shy about whizzing in my presence. The little one actually follows me into the back bathroom and goes when I go.

We have communal water bowls all over the place and there's no way I can know who is drinking how much.
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I don't monitor water intake as a rule, but I do monitor urine output, both quantity and quality (I watch as it comes out to see if it appears too concentrated), for the dogs and the cats.

Can I send you Khan so you can be slowly driven out of your mind, trying to figure out urine quantity and quality? That boy marks on just about every blade of grass, tree trunk and bush.
We have communal water bowls all over the place and there's no way I can know who is drinking how much.[/nq]This is actually a bit of a problem at the moment. If Khan's current course of therapy doesn't work, he'll need to be tested for diabetes insipidus, and one of the ways to do it is to monitor water intake for a 24 hour period, administer an ADH mimic for a prescribed period of time, and then monitor the water intake for another 24 hour period. Between multiple dogs and water drinking at the dog park, there is no way to do this and maintain any kind of accuracy.

To get around it, we'll check urine specific gravity pre and post medication; it's a little more onerous and expensive, but to me, seems like the most practical thing to do. The third option is to do a 24 hour water deprivation test (it's exactly as it sounds and he'll need to be at the vet for the last 12 hours of it because it can cause serious problems due to dehydration), but there is no way I'm putting him through that.

Suja
Can I send you Khan so you can be slowly driven out of your mind, trying to figure out urine quantity and quality? That boy marks on just about every blade of grass, tree trunk and bush.

I may be singing the same tune once Hendrix figures out the joy of marking!
This is actually a bit of a problem at the moment. If Khan's current course of therapy doesn't work, he'll ... it because it can cause serious problems due to dehydration), but there is no way I'm putting him through that.

Oh, poor Khan, and poor you. I think I'd keep him isolated from the rest of the pack (with the exception of humans) for 48 hours rather than leave him with the vet.
I hope you get to the bottom of this soon. He isn't getting glucosamine, is he?
I may be singing the same tune once Hendrix figures out the joy of marking!

As I read what you wrote, I said to myself, 'So speaketh someone with no marking boydogs (or girldogs, for that matter)'.
Oh, poor Khan, and poor you. I think I'd keep him isolated from the rest of the pack (with the exception of humans) for 48 hours rather than leave him with the vet.

The problem with an open floor plan is that it doesn't leave a lot of room for managing dogs that way. Khan's scared of the bathroom, so leaving him in one is not an option either. The only semi-viable option is to tether him to me the whole time, or play upstairs-downstairs.
I hope you get to the bottom of this soon.

It's kind of funny in a pathetic sort of way that I check his skin daily, looking for any signs of improvements. At this point, if it did improve, I'm not sure I'd be able to tell. That's why I'm trying to keep him away from the vet the whole time; if she doesn't see him too frequently, she should be able to tell when he's improving. Hopefully.
He isn't getting glucosamine, is he?

Yes he is, why do you ask?
Suja
Suja,
My 15 year old Lab drinks water excessively. I took him to my Vet. She suggested testing for Diabetes by catching his first urine of the day and then inserting those Diastix tabs into the urine for testing. I think I did that for 5 mornings in a row. You can buy that product OTC from a pharmacist. That is certainly the least scientific way of testing. However, since he hasn't had any further problems and he came up ok on those test strips I have not done anything further. I am not suggesting you rely on this method, but if your dog is diabetic it may show up via the method I used.
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He isn't getting glucosamine, is he?

Yes he is, why do you ask?

The research into the link between glucosamine and diabetes is inconclusive, but when I was taking it, my blood sugar levels became so high that I was having heart palpitations. I wrote it off as stress and ignored it for months, until the palpitations continued during a particularly amazing climbing trip in the desert. My doctor had me on a strict diet to try to control my blood sugar, but it didn't help a bit after 2 months. He came across research to suggest a link between bood sugar problems and glucosamine and told me to stop taking it. Within just a few days I was back to my normal-for-me hypoglycemic levels and having no more palpitations. I was monitoring my blood sugar at home at that point and my physician was ready to start me on insulin injections.
Given that I've been hypoglycemic since I was a teenager, I clearly have issues regulating blood sugar already. The glucosamine appears to have triggered the far more dangerous hyperglycemia. I was also having all the other symptoms of diabetes, along with the heart palpitations. I won't touch glucosamine now, even though it made my horrible joints feel much better. I will not be giving it to any of my animals, either.
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