Dehydration in Dogs

Friday, June 28, 2019 | 

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Many dog owners commonly think that dehydration and thirst are the same. Being thirsty is one of the ways that our bodies remind us to hydrate, but dehydration is actually a potentially life-threatening medical issue that shows more symptoms other than just thirst.

What causes dehydration in dogs?

There are various reasons that would be the cause of dehydration, but all dogs can be at risk from something as simple as not drinking enough water or losing a lot of liquids frequently. Common causes vary from vomiting and diarrhea to heat strokes and kidney disease. It’s vital that you seek veterinary attention if your dog shows any changes in their behavior or drinking habits.

Symptoms of Dog Dehydration

  • Loss of skin elasticity 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy levels or lethargy
  • Panting
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry nose
  • Dry gums

Treatment and Prevention for Dehydration

The main goal in dehydration treatment is to try and replace the fluids and electrolytes that have been lost. Try keeping your dog inside a cool shaded area with access to water if they are physically able to drink it, or see your vet to administer fluids. Your veterinarian will want to diagnose and treat the underlying issue as dehydration is often a symptom of a larger problem.

The best way to keep your dog hydrated is to make sure you provide him or her with a continuous supply of clean and cool water at all times, including the outdoors. Other ways to increase your pup’s water intake can be through wet food. You can also try flavoring water with bone broth, or giving him or her ice cubes to chew on.

We recommend leaving multiple bowls of clean filtered water in our High Feeding Systems and Low Feeding Systems. They are the only USA-made, stainless steel pet bowls to be certified by the NSF. Each of our systems include an ergonomically designed bowl which is designed to provide strain-free access to food and water.

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As a general rule, dogs require at least one ounce of water per day for each pound of body weight. Talk to your veterinarian about how best to ensure your dog consumes enough fluids, based on his age, weight, and condition.