How to Prevent Dehydration in Dogs

How to Prevent Dehydration in Dogs8

How will you come to know that your dog is dehydrated.How will you treat it?Got any idea?Read This article to know everything about your Dehydrated dog:

Causes of Dehydration in Dogs

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The most common cause of loss of water is heavy panting in dogs. After the dogs are exposed to heat or physical exercise, they take time in cooling down, since a dog does not have sweat glands, such as humans. In the process, they lose a great amount of body fluid, and if not rehydrated immediately, dehydration can occur. Diarrhea or vomiting in dogs can also be the cause of dehydration. Other diseases of dogs can lead to dehydration include fever, renal disease, diabetes, etc.

Symptoms Exhibited by a Dehydrated Dog

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  • One of the most common symptoms of dog dehydration is the loss of skin elasticity. If you suspect that your pet dog is suffering from dehydration, a simple elasticity test will help diagnose yourself.Pinch a part of your dog’s skin in the shoulder area. Observe the skin carefully when you release it.If the speed at which the skin returns to normal position is slow, you can have dog with dehydration. However, this is not a reliable test as skin elasticity will also depend on the dog fat medium if it is thin.
  • Another sign of dehydration in dogs is lethargy. If your dog, which is usually very lively and energetic, suddenly becomes uninterested in playing and is in the same place for too long, chances are there that it has dehydration. Loss of appetite in dogs is another clear symptom, where your pet is constantly refusing any kind of food and sometimes even water. Make sure the dog has a fast heartbeat, as this symptom is also another sign of dehydration.
  • The eyes of a dehydrated dog may look sunken, and sometimes the mouth, gums and nose may also appear to be dried. Usually the mouth and gums of a healthy dog are wet and slippery.However, dehydration takes away all the moisture, making it dull, dry and sticky. There is another test too that can reveal whether the dog has dehydration. This is called as slow capillary refill time. You have to press a part of the dog’s gums with your finger gently until appear the red color changes to white. Then just release your finger, and the color returns back to red immediately, it means that the dog is healthy. However, if it remains white or if it takes time to return to red, there are chances that the dog has dehydration.

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Treatment of dehydration in Dogs

A dehydrated dog should be taken to the vet as soon as possible. However, before you take your pet to the vet, there are certain steps you can take to rehydrate it. Keep your dog in a cool place and let your dog drink plenty of water. However, if dehydration is very serious, do not make the mistake of allowing your dog to take water quickly, because this can lead to vomiting and loss of body fluids subsequently. So let your dog to drink water slowly, taking small sips at a time. You can also try Pedialyte for the dog, which is an electrolyte product that will help in recovering the lost of electrolytes in the body. However, if the animal refuses to drink water, hurry to take him to the vet for treatment. As dehydration can cause serious problems, such as organ failure and sometimes death too, it is your responsibility as a dog owner to take all necessary measures so that it is not affected by dehydration. You have to make your dog remain hydrated throughout the day. Water bowls put in different places in your home to ensure that your dog drink water regularly. Feeding your dog with moist foods will also do the trick. Apart from that, it is best to keep it indoors during hot days and dry weather conditions. If you have to take dogs for long outdoor trips, remember to give it clean water at regular intervals. Dehydration in dogs can be a symptom of some other serious illness. So if you have any of the symptoms of dehydration in dogs, the vet will help you discover the real reason, and prescribes a better treatment.

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