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Blu has not drunk water once today and I keep trying to make

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Hi Linda blu has not drunk water once today and I keep trying to make him but is refusing to drink

Hi there.

I'm sorry to hear this.

Is he eating wet food well?

Does he seem any worse?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
He has eaten a little bit of his wet food but not much and he doesn’t really seem much different
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
His snot coming out his nose is now white and not green any more

Wet food does contain about 80% moisture, so he will be getting some hydration this way.

However, we want to encourage as much water drinking as possible.

You could mix warm water into the food and also syringing a little water onto the tip of the tongue every so often.

Do ensure his gums feel wet to the touch rather than dry or tacky.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
I don’t have a syringe I did wet all his mouth with my hand

Was a syringe given with any of the medicine?

If not, even a washed out Calpol or anti histamine syringe can be used.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
No they didn’t give me a syringe and I don’t own any

That's ok.

You can try spooning a little in but I appreciate this isn't easy.

You would be able to get one from a chemist once they open.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
I will get one tomorrow and give it a try

Absolutely, it's so important to keep Blu hydrated, to ensure the mucus can be easily brought up.

'Steaming' him in a room with a steamy bath or shower once or twice a day is also a good idea.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
I have brought a humidifier and have him in the living room all day with it on

Ok, excellent. That should be helping.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
What about if I try some milk ?

No, most adult dogs are lactose intolerant so this can cause stomach upset.

Water should always be offered.

We can also offer e.g. the water that chicken has been boiled in, which will have a tempting meaty flavour.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Okay thank you

That's ok and hopefully Blu starts making progress very soon.

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