I am fostering a Scottish terrier, and she will not drink water. What can I do to solve this issue?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Dogs need to drink water every day to stay properly hydrated, so you are right to be concerned. It could be that your Scottish terrier is getting some liquids from other sources, such as wet food or even an open toilet bowl. However, wet food by itself does not provide sufficient moisture for canines.
Since you are fostering the dog, it could be stressed out in its new home. Other reasons for not drinking include mouth obstructions, illness and injury. Additionally, dogs recovering from surgery may also take a while to get back into their regular eating and drinking habits.
Average daily water intake requirements are generally based on a dog's size. Scottish terriers are on the small side, typically weighing between 18 and 21 pounds. That means your dog should be drinking at least 24 ounces of water per day. You can try moistening your dog's food with extra water to see if that will coax your pet to drink. If the problem continues, especially during hot weather, consult your veterinarian.