Water is very important to all living, it allows the cells in the body to absorb the nutrients from the food we take, it’s the same for our dogs. Dehydration in Dogs is a condition where the body loses more fluid than it’s taking in, it will result to reduce blood flow and the volume of fluids, which reduces the delivery of oxygen to organs and tissue. Panting, breathing, urinating, defecating, and evaporation through the paws are all contribute to normal water loss, which your dog compensates for by eating and drinking.
Symptoms Of Dehydration In Dogs
Dehydration in dogs may begin mildly at first that you can give water only to your dog and do not need a visit to the vet, but mild dehydration can quickly progress to signs of severe health problems if not addressed properly. Severe Dehydration in Dogs can lead to kidney and other organs to failure so make sure if you see your dog with the symptoms give them the necessary first aid and visit the vet immediately.
The following is the common symptoms you can see in your dog when they are dehydrated:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Dark urine
- Lack of appetite
- Dry mouth, nose, or gums
- White gums
- Weak pulse
- Sunken eyes
- Thick saliva
The most common sign of dehydration in a dog is a loss of elasticity in the skin. You can test your dog at home for dehydration by lifting a small area of skin on your dog’s back. If it fails to snap back into place after one to two seconds, your dog may be dehydrated.
Causes of Dehydration in Dogs
There are many causes of Dehydration in Dogs and the most common of them are the following:
- Lack of water intake
- Overheating and perspiration
- Exposure to dry weather.
- Kidney disease
- Vomiting ( These result in a quick loss of fluid in the body that can become dangerous)
Prevention & Treatment For Dehydration In Dogs
The very best thing to make sure your dog won’t be dehydrated is to first make sure that he/she has easy access to clean and fresh water that they can drink, it is better if they can drink plenty of water especially if they release lots of fluid from their body like walking or exercising. Giving cool water is good especially in the hot weather.
Dogs suffering from dehydration may need to have their electrolytes replaced because when their body isn’t getting enough water, fluids containing electrolytes are drawn out of the cells, causing an imbalance that affects the organs. If your dog is not vomiting, you can try giving him an electrolyte-enhanced fluid-like Pedialyte but before giving any medicine to your dog it is best to check with your veterinarian for dosage recommendations. If the symptoms of your dog are severe it is better to bring your dog to the Veterinarian immediately. Dehydration is often a symptom of a larger health problem, your veterinarian will conduct a test to diagnose and treat the underlying condition. This process will depend on your dog’s other symptoms.
Note: Remember that it is very important for dogs to have access to water and maintain hydration to decrease the chance of getting any health problems.