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Can we limit water (like food) for our dog?

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Can we limit water (like food) for our dog?

September 23, 2013

Q: We ration food for our 6-month-old Springer Spaniel. She eats twice a day. May (or should) we do the same with her water? We live in an apartment and follow a regular potty-break routine, taking her outside every 2 hours when she is not in the crate and up to 4 hours when she is crated. We once hosted an adult dog that only drank water with meals. Should we do the same?

A: I am sorry to hear about this concern. I am not familiar with any vet's or general recommendations that would restrict water intake. Actually, under no circumstances.

I do understand about the other pet you hosted, but I would not encourage it as a regular routine for your own animal. It is a good question, but if we compare dogs to any other species, including ourselves, to not have water available when we are thirsty would not be ideal.

-- Answer from Dr. Andy, a veterinarian on JustAnswer.

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