Dehydration In Dogs – Signs, Symptoms And Treatments For Dog Dehydration
Dogs are creatures of habit. They will not leave their home unless they have to.
When they do leave it’s usually because something bad has happened or there is some other reason that requires them to go somewhere else. If you don’t feed your pet regularly then chances are your dog will start leaving too. A lack of water can cause many problems.
Symptoms Of Dehydration In Dogs:
Lethargy (lack of energy)
Weakness (loss of balance and coordination)
Vomiting (fainting spells) – this is very dangerous! Your dog may fall down from exhaustion and die before you even get out the door!
You need to take immediate action now! Get him to a veterinarian immediately!
Causes Of Dehydration In Dogs:
Excessive exercise (too much activity)
Overly dry food (dry food causes diarrhea) – this is a common problem with commercial foods. You need to change the diet immediately!
Feed your dog fresh, homemade food! Try these recipes: 1 cup chicken broth 2 cups water 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and give your dog one meal per day.
Heat (extreme weather conditions)
Dehydration in dogs can be a very dangerous condition and should be treated by a veterinarian immediately. The dog’s body will have a hard time re-hydrating itself so giving him small amounts to drink at first is suggested.
To re-hydrate your dog, use a combination of Pedialyte and water. 50% water to 50% pedialyte solution is the best way to go. DO NOT USE MILK! It will cause the diarrhea to get worse.
Treatment For Dehydration In Dogs:
Start giving him small amounts of the re-hydration solution. Let him drink as much as he wants – you can always give him more.
Take him to a veterinarian immediately. You need to get his electrolytes back in balance and his system needs time to recover.
Prevention Of Dehydration In Dogs:
Always have fresh water available to your dog.
Don’t exercise your dog in extreme heat or cold. If you live in a place that has very hot or cold weather, you should plan your walks for the morning or evening when it’s not as hot or cold.
Dehydration in dogs is no laughing matter. It can kill a dog just as fast as rabies or any other disease.
Be responsible and give your furry friend the love and care he deserves.
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Satiety and inhibition of vasopressin secretion after drinking in dehydrated dogs by TN Thrasher, JF Nistal-Herrera… – American Journal of …, 1981 – journals.physiology.org
Sodium balance and aldosterone during dehydration and rehydration in the dog by TN Thrasher, CE Wade, LC Keil… – American Journal of …, 1984 – journals.physiology.org
Mechanism of drinking-induced inhibition of vasopressin secretion in dehydrated dogs by BH Appelgren, TN Thrasher, LC Keil… – American Journal of …, 1991 – journals.physiology.org