吃的什么狗粮 喝的什么水 水喝的多吗?
Why is My Dog Drinking Urine?
Puppies and adult dogs drink urine, including their own, for a variety of reasons. It does not always mean that your canine is lacking any nutrients. Discourage this habit by ensuring the dog has access to water. My dog Pony had a habit of drinking human and other dog's urine.
If urine drinking is a new habit for your adult dog or housetrained puppy, get him to a vet just in case the dog is suffering from dehydration. There are several conditions that can cause a dog to become so thirsty that he will drink urine - but only if water is not available. Retired veterinarian James Glover notes
that urinary tract infections can cause urine drinking.
I took Pony to the vet. It turns out that Pony wasn't sick. It's a common misconception that if a dog drinks urine or eats feces, she is always lacking in a nutrient that she's not getting from her usual food. Pony drank urine from people and dogs because she got into the habit of doing it.
When I asked my veterinarian about Pony's tendency to drink fresh urine from people or other dogs, the vet tried (unsuccessfully) not to laugh. He assured me that Pony had picked up a particularly peculiar habit and would outgrow it. It turns out he was right. When she was older, she preferred water - even mud puddles - to fresh urine.
Some puppies are not so lucky. Those in puppy mills are forced to spend their lives in small cages without adequate water. In desperation, they drink their own urine. Mike Richards, DVM notes that even after being rescued, puppies can continue to drink urine when thirsty. Other rescue puppies or adult rescue dogs may have been trained to drink urine as part of urine therapy, a controversial alternative healing practice. I discovered a description of such a "training" method in the book Water of Life by John W. Armstrong.
Male dogs will often taste a female's urine in order to determine if she is in season. Even if a dog has been neutered, this instinct can still make a dog drink a female's urine. Some male dogs get really carried away with this practice.
Breaking the Habit
It is not recommended to allow your dogs to drink urine - no matter what species produced the urine. Some diseases such as leptospirosis can be passed on through urine being sniffed, let alone licked. When Pony drank urine, I distracted her from the urine by yelling or clapping my hands. When she looked up at me, I praised her and gave her a small treat. Treats and praise interested her more than urine.
Keep water available at all times for your dog. Set down at least two bowls of water for each dog in your home. When given a choice, dogs prefer water.