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I know he doesn't care, but I wish I could offer our Grey something more than water sometimes.

 

Is there anything else safe or fun for a Grey to drink? Kool-aid or something?

 

 

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I have made a ice treat with some broth, bits of chicken and organs and froze it for the pups to eat when it's really hot.

 

btw, I'm sure I'm the minority but it's not very often that I drink anything but just water. It's one of the few fluids I like and it's healthy so I prefer to stick to water for my pups too.

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I also wouldn't worry...most animals just drink water. If you want a treat though, the easiest and healthiest thing is to boil up some chicken in a big pot of water (no salt) to make a simple broth. Shred the leftover chicken as a meal topper if you like :) I would stay clear of any drinks with sugar, colouring, etc. in it. Most dogs probably wouldn't like it anyways.

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I got a sample of this http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/treats/ice-pups and Lila loved it! It's pretty much chicken broth and you can serve it warm or freeze it. I was going to freeze it but I wanted to see if she liked it first so I gave her some lukewarm and she licked it all up and looked for more. I think it could be a nice treat or a way for getting a sick dog to take some liquids.

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Just water is fine. We humans are unusual in wanting different stuff to drink!

 

However, I will often offer plain, unsalted broth to mine if I have some spare, and they do get a regular drink of milk. This is controversial, but we have never had any upset stomachs or any other problem from it, and many kennels in England give a breakfast of cereal and milk.

 

If you decide to try milk, remember the rule to introduce one new food at a time and don't give your dog anything else new for a week while you watch to see how their system is coping with it. If it results in diarrhoea, vomiting or itchiness (or any other odd, new symptom) discontinue it and stick with water and broth.

 

I'm not a big fan of giving sweetened drinks (naturally sweet or artificially sweet) or carbonated stuff or alcohol or caffeine to dogs. They don't need it and it can potentially harm them. :)

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ruby is a terrible water drinker so I will occasionally give her water with a few drops of chicken or beef broth in it to perk the taste up for her. Seems to make her drink more. I buy the low sodium kind or use the stuff I have made after boiling a chicken or roast. She has a slight issue with her kidneys so I worry that she doesn't drink enough fluids.

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I've also read of people giving their dogs Pedialyte on these forums. Especially if their hound is sick/recovering and needs the extra electrolytes. Some dogs like ice cubes as treats in and of themselves! Our previous dog loved them, and would sit for them just as well as any other treat XD

 

EDIT: Oh and I've also heard that many greys are notorious booze-hounds :rofl

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Isn't any value in other beverages for dogs. I'd stick with just plain water.

 

Exception would be if dog is ill and *needs* to be encouraged to drink more. And everybody enjoys an ice-pop in hot weather :) .

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ruby is a terrible water drinker so I will occasionally give her water with a few drops of chicken or beef broth in it to perk the taste up for her. Seems to make her drink more. I buy the low sodium kind or use the stuff I have made after boiling a chicken or roast. She has a slight issue with her kidneys so I worry that she doesn't drink enough fluids.

 

One of our cats had a bladder issue (crystals) that came from not drinking enough. He would only drink out of a running faucet. While super cute, resulted in him not getting enough water. So we ended up just adding a bunch of water to his food every meal. He would drink all of that no problem. Hasn't have a problem since, and even lost some weight to boot.

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Thanks everyone, The broth sounds like a good idea. Coconut water is an interesting idea too.

 

Ill have to try both this week and see what he thinks. hes not a picky eater, so i'm guessing he will love both.

 

Thanks again!

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Please remember your dog is not a child. He doesn't eat to satisfy boredom, cravings, or because someone was mean to him at school. He may well not even know anything to drink other than water exists.

 

Love him AS IF he's your kid, but don't feel you need to feed him like he is.


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Please remember your dog is not a child. He doesn't eat to satisfy boredom, cravings, or because someone was mean to him at school. He may well not even know anything to drink other than water exists.

 

Love him AS IF he's your kid, but don't feel you need to feed him like he is.

yeah, OK whatever.....

 

Daisy needed to increase her water intake because her urine was so concentrated. The only thing that worked was the Coconut water added into her drinking water.

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Please remember your dog is not a child. He doesn't eat to satisfy boredom, cravings, or because someone was mean to him at school. He may well not even know anything to drink other than water exists.

 

Love him AS IF he's your kid, but don't feel you need to feed him like he is.

I agree with this. Of course things can change if there's a legit medical issue. If the pup needs more water, I would just start by adding water to its food and see if that works and go from there.

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