Dog’s are easily prone to be dehydrated with hot weather. We must pay extra attention to our pups during a hot day. Always have fresh water available for your dog. We always try to serve cold filtered water to our dog, if the water has been out for a few hours we refreshen up the bowl with a few pieces of ice. We do this to encourage her to drink more water and avoid any possible dehydration.
Besides hot weather, your dog can suffer from dehydration due to excessive vomiting, diarrhea or some other illness. Remeber, if your dog is experiencing dehydration seek professional help immediately. Don’t risk your dog’s life, he/she might require professional medical attention. Dehydration can be life-threatening to your dog.
Here are some of the signs that will let you know if your dog is dehydrated.
1Begining signs of dehydration
- Visibly tired
- Slow paced and/or less active
- Excessive panting
- Dry mouth, gums, and nose – You may notice that the gums lose moistness and become dry and sticky, and the saliva becomes thick.
2Intermediate signs of dehydration
- Loose elasticity on the skin
If you gently pull the skin from your dog’s back near the shoulders and it doesn’t go back into place automatically, there’s a slight chance your dog is getting dehydrated.
- Delayed capillary refill time
If you place your index finger against the dog’s gums until they appear white and then remove them. Monitor how quickly the blood returns to the gums, for a dehydrated dog it will be much slower than normal.
- Rectal temperature
The temperature should remain less than 105 degrees Farenhight.
- Weak in the in the back legs
- Woobly and unsteady on their feet
4How to avoid dehydration
- Always have fresh water accessible for your dog.
- If you have a big house, have a few water bowls around the house.
- Wash the water bowl daily to prevent bacteria from forming.
- Monitor the water intake, a dog usually needs one ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day.
- Pack extra water when exercising or playing outside.
- If your dog has gone for a long period of time without drinking water, make sure to start the re-hydration process slowly. Overdrinking after a dry-spell can cause your dog to vomit and lose more fluids.
- Use large ice cubes so the dog can lick them and start the re-hydration process slowly.