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Hello, this is Dr.Jess. I am sorry to hear about your dog! Can you tell me the following:
Is he eating normally?
Are his food bowl and water bowl next to eachother? Are they at the same height?
Is he otherwise acting normally? Any pain that you have noticed? If you take his head, and point his nose up towards the sky, down towards the ground, and side to side towards each shoulder, does he act painful?
Very odd! Have you tried putting his water into any other type of bowl? Do he have any sores or wounds on his chin/lips?
Interesting, so he would drink out of a puddle without fear but acted afraid of the plate as well? I am honestly stumped there. I have had dogs become fearful of their food or water dishes, and we always suspect perhaps something happened that spooked them when they were taking a drink or eating, that then they associated with the act of drinking or eating from the bowl.
Will she take the ice cubes out of the bowl? or was that out of your hand? If you put ice cubes in the bowl or on the plate, does she act scared as well?
Interesting. What I would consider is to get a totally new water bowl, different material, size, etc., and put it in a different location. Or put several different water bowls of different types in different locations around your house. In the meantime, you can continue to offer him ice cubes on a regular basis. I would perhaps sit next to one of the new water bowls and give him treats, slowly moving closer to the new water bowl. We want her to associate the new bowls with a positive experience and often times food or treats are the most positive thing we can think of!
You could also try feeding him from the new bowl first a few times, or putting treats in the new bowl first. If he eats out of it a few times, then try ice cubes, then water... If this is continuing, then I would bring him to your vet for an exam to be sure there isn't a medical reason for this, and then they can discuss if they think he needs any sort of anxiety treatment! Poor guy! Best of luck!
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