hi.. he is healthy and very fit. yes he has been making gagging sounds so
i changed his collar to an all body. he stretches his whole body every am before we go out. yes, he was pulling a bit too much so, i did change to
the all body harness not too snug.
Thanks for the additional information. It is helpful. I suspect that your dog is having problems with a collapsing trachea or has an injury to the neck possibly from straining or pulling on a leash. Dogs with these issues tend to not want to drink water because it feels like they can not breath with the trachea being narrowed due to inflammation or collapsed.
I am glad you switched him to a harness rather than a neck collar. That should help prevent any additional damage. Adding water to the food is one way of ensuring he gets the water he needs each day. Another thing that sometimes helps is to use a water bottle such as guinea pigs use. The dog can lick the drops and does not have to lower their head down which might collapse the trachea. Another way to ensure he gets the fluids he needs is to give him pieces of ice that he can eat.
You can read about collapsing trachea here:
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Bentley got an A+ from Vet check up on Wed. 9/11. If you remember he wasn't drinking water only soup.The Vet checked his neck for any collapse and it is fine. His spine, blood work, and stool are all good as well. The best part is after i cut down on the soup he's back to drinking his water.He's playful and as hungry as ever. Thank-you for your assistance.