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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: How Long without Water
« Last post by Roxie on Yesterday at 09:01:01 PM »
Here is my schedule for Dart when we went to the conference:

6 a.m.  take potty, feed, water
10 a.m. or so - break at conference, take potty, water
Noon - take potty, water
2:30 p.m. take potty, water during break
6 p.m. potty, feed, water
water available all times in our room

Similar when I work out of the home (I have a home office, but teach in various areas)

When I'm out shopping or traveling, it is not as regimented. It averages out to get water each time he goes potty.... every 3-5 hours.

Actually, I schedule him when I schedule me.

I do carry water in the car. Sometimes he's thirsty, sometimes not.

It all works out. As he is trained to potty on command, there really is not any urine holding or over-watering.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: How Long without Water
« Last post by Kirsten on Yesterday at 08:29:54 PM »
My dog is allowed to request water any time. I offer it without a request about every four hours when away from home, on our potty schedule. Or any time he looks hot or I figure he should be thirsty. I try hard to anticipate his needs, but I also listen when he communicates those needs. He'll often go all day without peeling (his choice) but he likes a drink about every four hours.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: How Long without Water
« Last post by Sheenar on Yesterday at 06:16:14 PM »
I offer my dog water frequently during the day --he has free access at home and I offer water about every 3-4 hours when out working/away from home.

Sometimes, though, I'll offer and he won't drink. I figure if he is thirsty, he will drink. If he refuses, I will offer again an hour or two later.

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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: How Long without Water
« Last post by Kirsten on Yesterday at 02:07:43 PM »
In school they're on a schedule. They could water x minutes before recess or lunch and then potty during those breaks.

Withholding water puts stress on the kidneys. The longer and more often you do it, the more damage to the kidneys. Enough damage and the kidneys fail.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: How Long without Water
« Last post by poet_kelly on Yesterday at 01:45:57 PM »
So my vet friend says a SD should be offered water every couple hours.  She says the only time you should withhold water for 10 hours is prior to surgery or if the dog is vomiting.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: How Long without Water
« Last post by poet_kelly on Yesterday at 01:41:03 PM »
I have a friend who is a vet.  I will ask her.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: How Long without Water
« Last post by BlindMag on Yesterday at 04:31:38 AM »
I offer water every 4 hours when working unless its very hot or humid then I offer it every 2 hours. If I think my dog is a bit too warm I will offer smaller amounts even more often rather than letting her drink a lot at once.

My dogs have free access to water any time at home unless they have come in hot from a workout then they are given short drinks every 15 minutes until they've cooled down. I also float their kibble in water for all meals to ensure they stay well hydrated, which as Nora mentioned is especially important for Dalmatians.
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 The other issue is many handlers do not know how long after they water the dog as to when the dog will need to empty it's bladder. This can depend on the size and breed of the dog. 
Mine tend to empty out within about 10 to 30 minutes afterward when I offer them the chance to go.

First I pody them , offer water, Wait and then let them go pee again. For someone in school this could take up some of their lunch hour time.



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Mine it is offered every 4 hours  and slightly more on very hot dry days.  If  hot but I can't have them tank up on water I give them a cup of ice to tide over between the usual water breaks. My rule of thumb is if I am thirsty they probably are too.

Many animal cruelty laws state a dog/ animal should have adequate water per 24 hours. They don't specify when and how much . But they don't require water to be in front of the dog all the time. Otherwise all working dog handlers and pet owners would be in violation.

I have seen dehydrated dogs loose muscle mass rapidly . They get very bony in a very short period of time if the water restriction is chronic day after day. If they get proper hydration the muscle mass and weight rapidly can go back to normal in a couple days. .

 The long days one after another with no water intake for long periods of time can possibly cause kidney failure or kidney stones. The dalmation people can tell you more on that . Some breeds are more prone than others . But still why take that risk?

In addition to regulating fluid balance, the kidneys require water for the filtration of waste from the blood stream and excretion via urine   .

There are two types of kidney failure: acute and chronic.
Acute renal failure (ARF) comes on suddenly and can be caused by:
Dehydration, usually because the dog is left without easy access to fresh drinking water

Symptoms of Dehydration in Dogs
http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Dehydration/Symptoms.aspx

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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: How Long without Water
« Last post by Kirsten on Yesterday at 12:23:06 AM »
I offer water about every four hours. The reason for withholding water is generally to decrease need to urinate. It's one thing to withhold water rarely for this effect, say for a long flight where toileting the dog will be problematic and doing it daily. I suggest you ask a veterinarian whether it is medically acceptable to withhold water for ten hours straight daily.
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