Travelling with the dog mid-summer offers a lot of rewards but poses a few challenges: a big one on our trip was getting my crazy cocker-cross Victor to drink water. Not just enough water, but any water. He’d occasionally woof down half a bowl, but only after getting really parched. Trying to convince him to drink water when available was next to impossible while we road tripped recently.
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There’s many tricks for getting dogs to drink, especially on scorching hot days at a dog-centric camping ground. But here’s what I tried: Beef Broth ice cubes.
Specifically, CARU grass-fed beef bone broth for dogs and cats added to water in an ice cube tray and frozen, after I dropped a small dog bone shaped treat in each like these from Milkbone. (They float). In each tray cube, add one half water, one half broth, and one dog treat. (Amazon affiliate links)
CARU’s broth is intended as a pet food supplement, added to dry or raw food or drank on its own by your pet. According to the company, CARU broth (given to dogtrotting for review) is made in the USA with human grade ingredients, USDA-inspected beef bones and contains no salt, preservatives, colouring or artificial flavours.
But hopefully the frozen beef treats will entice Victor to see water as desirable. Give them to the dog one at a time or drop in a water bowl – here’s is the result:
My dog wasn’t the interested (surprise) distracted by the fact he wanted to be inside. He did notice a few in the water bowl but drank after they melted. Other more curious pups were willing to lick at the broth ice cubes then eat the treats.
The cubes are brown, which the dogs don’t notice. Next time, I’d add a bit more water to make them easier to pop out of the trays.
Otherwise – for my dog – I might just pour some of the broth into the water and entice him to drink more. Even dogs apparently prefer flavoured water.