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Old 04-04-2005, 02:44 AM
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Hello all,

I'm wondering how long a dog can go without water. My roommate tends to leave for several hours at a time without providing water for her dog, and it's starting to worry me. I've confronted her, but she seems to think that there's no problem.

I have had many pets, but I've never had a dog. I've always made a point of making sure my animals have food and water all the time, though, and I want to know whether or not I'm just being over-protective. I know she must be thirsty and uncomfortable, but is it dangerous to let her go so long?

(To give you an idea: Janey (the dog) was left outside for at least four hours without water on one occasion. On another, she was left in my roommates bedroom for six hours without water. On another, in my roommate's car for five hours. I know that I couldn't go that long without a drink.)

Thanks in advance for any information you might have.

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I should let you know that I ALWAYS bring Janey water when I find her left behind without any. But I know I won't always be there to make sure she has an ample supply, which is why I need to know how intensely I ought to confront my roommate about her pet-care techniques.
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Old 04-04-2005, 02:47 AM
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I think your room mate is very inconsiderate regarding her dogs needs, fresh water should always be available for a dog, and to leave a dog in a car for such a long time without a break is cruel in my opinion.

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Old 04-04-2005, 02:52 AM
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The car thing worries me the most. She sounds really irresponsible. Cars can get hot even on coolish days as we all know from the stories of kids and pets dying of them. And that's just after a short time. I think you are right to be concerned but I don't know for a fact how much and how often they should/need to drink. I'll look into it and hopefully someone with a better idea will see this.
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Old 04-04-2005, 03:30 AM
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That sounds daft - sorry but how hard is it to leave a bowl of water in a corner or in a car? I always leave one or two bowls of fresh water around and take a non-slip plastic bowl in the car with a bottle to refill it.
My view on this would be to just get the water provided - not worry about the intake requirements in detail!
The arguement I would use is - why not - for the sake of a $2 bowl and running a tap!
Sorry - just my .02 - its such a basic thing!
And I've got to say - in my view 5 hours in a car unattended to way tooo long... not just for water - what about heat, potential distress in a confined space, potty etc !??!?
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Old 04-04-2005, 10:16 AM
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I'll second what everyone has already said! I would think that the repetitive, chronic lack of water could cause some cumulative problems. It's a dog - not a camel!
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Old 04-04-2005, 10:45 AM
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I keep an extra thermos..large..fill it half with ice and the rest with water so we have a source at all times in the car..we are in the car off and on all day and don't know when we will "break down" or get sidetracked.
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Old 04-04-2005, 11:05 AM
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I never EVER leave my dogs without water. They're water bowl is always filled, and if they are going to be left outside (especially in warmer weather) for a while, they always have some. I'm glad you're concerned about this. IMO you sound much more responsible than your roommate. You could suggest she get one of those automatic waterers.
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Old 04-04-2005, 02:36 PM
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Thank you for all of your replies. I will confront her about these issues. I have small animals as pets, and I know that if they go too long without water, they die. Maybe dogs don't die after six hours without water, but it's still cruel and absolutely uncalled for.

I love this dog very, very much and it breaks my heart to see her go without water and to be locked in a car some days while her owner works. Janey has eaten both seat belt buckles and the steering wheel durring her time in the car, so I know she's not enjoying herself.

Gah. Any more advise you have about my situation (as well as any links to articles that I can reccomend to the dog's owner) would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks again, to all you amazing dog owners.
Julia
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:19 PM
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Why does she leave her in the car while she's at work?? She could try doggie daycare, a petsitting service, or a dogwalker. As for the boredom (chewing things up), I highly recommend puzzle toys like I-Qubes and Kongs.
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:51 PM
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My roommate doesn't leave Janey in the car every time she goes to work. She does it when she's late for work and the dog follows her to the car. She doesn't take the time to take Janey back into the house (where there are two very loving people to take care of Janey all day). Instead, she takes the dog in the car to work with her. Needless to say, she does NOT bring food or water or toys or a leash. She does not take a break to take the dog to the bathroom.

This girl is really irresponsible; she can hardly take care of herself, so it's frustrating for me to see her take such poor care of her dog.
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