Is Your Dog
part of bonding, socializing and health maintenance it is also the potential
cause of one of the most common and potentially dangerous conditions that can
impact your dog's health and survival.
to which I refer is Dehydration. Caused not
only by being outdoors and exercising it is a frequently seen in cases where
dogs experience certain conditions or illnesses such as diarrhea or Parvo which
cause a loss of water to the
As a concerned
dog guardian, you should know how to spot the warning signs of dehydration and
what to do if your dog has become
I am not a vet but the following tips may help you detect if your dog has become dehydrated and how to prevent
it. By all means, if you dog exhibits any symptom you should immediately call
your veterinarian . Untreated, dehydration
can be very serious and life threatening.
The life you save may be your best friend's
How to test your dog for Dehydration
An easy test for dehydration is to pinch the skin between
Fido's shoulder blades to determine if it
springs back in under five seconds. If it takes longer, your dog is
Examine Fido's eyes to see if they appear eyes will
be sunken into his head. If so, dehydration exists
Lift Fido's lips so you can
see his gums. Touch the gums with your finger and press. If the reddish color
from the blood returning to the area is not evident in 2 seconds, Fido is
probably dehydrated. If
dehydrated, Fido's gums may feel dry and
tacky in lieu of wet and slippery..
Other symptoms of Dehydration in
dogs may include:
- Loss of
- Increased heart
What you can do IF
Fido becomes Dehydrated
Hydrate in a Flash
If your dog is seriously dehydrated it's a good idea to get more electrolytes into his system FAST. Our favorite way to do this is
by using Pedialyte, a liquid supplement used
for small children..
We use a small syringe that we get at no cost from our local
pharmacist and squirt some into the dogs mouth for quick rehydration.
Use appx. 2 tablespoons per 10 lbs of weight every
hour. Additionally, we add some to our dogs drinking water for
Generic Pedialyte may be available in your
store, is less costly ass works just as well.
Offer your dog
a few ice cubes to lick and add a few to their drinking water. It's not as fast
as Pedialyte but can be helpful if Fido is responsive to licking the ice
Some dogs will
readily lick ice cubes when they are dehydrated, even if they are reluctant to
drink water. Float the ice in their water bowl.
Prevent Dehydration in Dogs
Fido gets much needed hydrating moisture from his
drinking water AND his food. Make sure he has ample FRESH water and a balanced diet to
water with you and offer some to Fido regularly when the weather is hot outdoors
or you are exercising. Stop and rest frequently in the
dehydration can generally be reversed quickly, if unchecked, untreated and severe, it can lead to
your dog's death.
So get outside
today and take your best friend for a walk. Just remember to carry a bottle of
water and a small cup . The sip you provide Fido may be life
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