Hydration for paralyzed dogs
It is not uncommon for paralyzed dogs to drink less water. Reduced mobility often means reduced drinking. The added effort to get to the bowl and position themselves comfortably to have a drink means that the often don’t drink as frequently as they should. This can lead to a range of issues including increased risk of UTIs and bladder infections, and increased risk of bladder stone formation.
The following recommendations have been put forward to ensure that your paralyzed dog continues to drink enough water:
- Make access to water easier: Have more than one bowl placed in different spots around the house.
- Elevate the water bowl: Use an elevated water bowl so your dog can access the bowl comfortably from a seated position.
- Bladder & urinary kibble: Kibble designed specifically for urinary health includes ingredients that encourage your dog to drink more water. If you normally provide one meal per day, consider breaking this into two meals to spread out the effect.
- Dog water fountain: Dogs are more inclined to drink from running water, such as the garden hose. Some pets find them more interesting and are encouraged to drink more.