How Can You Tell if Your Dog is Dehydrated?
23 May, 2017

Summer is here and we tend to be outside more with our dogs.  As the temperatures soar, we have to make sure our dogs stay hydrated.  As in humans, dehydration in dogs can be serious.  Dehydration will happen when your dog’s fluid levels drop to less than normal from either reduce water intake or other gastric upset.

The symptoms of dehydration in dogs are the following:

Lethargy, sunken eyes, loss of appetite, dry mouth, sunken eyes and depression.

If you think that your dog is dehydrated, try to gently lift the skin on the back of your dog’s neck or between his or her shoulder blades and his skin should immediately return to its normal position. If your dog is dehydrated, his or her skin will remain wrinkled.   If it isn’t obvious to you, schedule an appointment with your vet immediately.

If your dog is dehydrated, your veterinarian will give your pup intravenous fluids, and run additional tests, if necessary, to figure out the underlying cause of the dehydration.

Dogs that are at a higher risk for dehydration suffer from various illnesses

Dogs most at risk for dehydration are those who suffer from various illnesses such as kidney disorders, cancer and infectious disease. Elderly dogs and pregnant or nursing dogs may be prone to dehydration, as well as diabetic dogs whose condition is not regularly monitored.

Below are some tips to help you prevent your dog from being dehydrated especially in the summer months.

1.  Provide clean water for your dog at all times to ensure its freshness.  And make sure to wash your dog’s water bowl every day to prevent bacteria from forming

2.  Watch your dog’s water intake (especially in the summer months). Generally, a dog needs at least one ounce of water for each pound of your dog’s body weight per day. It is especially important to monitor your dog’s water intake if he or she is recovering from diarrhea, vomiting or any other illnesses

3. Purchase a water bowl with a weighted bottom to prevent your dog from knocking it over. And have multiple bowls around the house filled with water.

4. Bring extra water when you’re traveling or exercising with your dog. Make sure your dog drinks it as often as you do.  You both need to keep hydrated!

5. If you notice your dog is drinking less than usual, check his mouth for sores or other foreign objects, such as burrs or sticks that might be caught inside.

6.  At home, try to keep your toilet lid closed at all times to make sure your dog doesn’t drink from it as it can be a source of bacteria.

7. Monitor his outdoor time during the hot summer months to keep him cool and sweating less.

If you are unsure if your dog is dehydrated, call your veterinarian immediately so they can properly assess your pup.

And, sometimes the opposite occurs when your dog drinks too much water (especially if they swim a lot during the summer).  Read how you can tell the symptoms: Water Intoxication in Dogs



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