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What can dogs drink besides water?

What can dogs drink besides water?

Water is the healthiest beverage we and our canine friends can consume. It is not only important for our health, but without it, we would literally die. But sometimes drinking only water can get a little bit boring. This makes you wonder, do dogs ever get bored with drinking only water and what can dogs drink besides water?

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Well, in this article, we’re going to do answer the question of what beverages, besides water, can dogs even drink.

Before we dive in, know that we have many other useful articles on foods that are safe for dogs:

What can dogs drink besides water?

Before we go into what dogs can drink besides water, we have to talk about how important water really is for your dog.

Generally speaking, dog needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight daily. Of course, if they are more active, they will naturally need more water as well.

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If your dog doesn’t drink enough water, so if your dog is dehydrated, it will experience serious health issues.

Signs of dehydration are:

  • loss of appetite
  • panting
  • dry mouth
  • sunken eyes
  • lack of energy

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You can check if your dog is dehydrated by taking a look at your dog’s gums. If your dog is well hydrated and you apply a little pressure to his gums they should go from white back to pink quickly. If it takes more than a few seconds, your dog may very likely be dehydrated.

Canine friendly drinks

Water is the healthiest beverage for your dog and the safest. Only because there are certain drinks that are safe for dogs, doesn’t mean your dog should drink anything else besides water.

However, you might find yourself in a situation where you for example can’t buy water or simply don’t have access to fresh water but your dog is really thirsty. In those situations, it would be useful to know what else your dog can drink. Another reason might be that your dog refuses to drink water.

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A third reason why you might want to look for another drink for your dog would be if your dog can’t eat. If your dog is sick and can’t eat anything solid, you might want to give them something that has more calories but is in liquid form.

What can dogs drink besides water
What else can canines drink besides water?

Now, let’s take a look at all the beverages your dog can drink besides water:

  • Chicken broth – Never give your dog store-bought broth. It contains way too much salt, your dogs body can’t handle that. You should make your own.
  • Carrot juice – Carrots are great for dogs. They are packed with vitamins, fiber and also potassium.
  • Coconut water – Coconut has many health benefits for your dog! It’s full of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes.


To conclude, what can dogs drink besides water? Not much, really. There are a few other options you could offer your pooch sometimes, but water is ultimately the best and safest one.

No matter which drink you choose to give your dog, in the end, water is the healthiest beverage for your beloved canine.

You know it won’t ever do any harm to your dog and they can drink is as much as they want.

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.