As the summer months approach, it is important as pet owners to understand pet hydration in order to prevent heat exhaustion or other complications due to the summer heat.
When proper hydration is not maintained, there are a number of complications that can occur in dogs including, kidney malfunctions, urinary issues, and gastrointestinal problems. our dog will naturally lose water throughout the day through panting, urinating, defecating, and evaporation through their paws. When fluid intake is less than the amount that they are losing, their blood flow and volume of fluids is significantly reduced leading to a lower delivery of oxygen to your pet’s organs and tissues.
A dog who is dehydrated may show signs of:
- Excess Panting
- Reduced Energy Levels
- Dry Nose
- Dry Gums
- Loss of Appetite
- Thick Saliva
Mild & Severe Dehydration
It is important to provide them with small amounts of water every few minutes. Ice cubes can also be used to begin the hydration process. Further, it is vital not to let your dog drink too much water, as this could lead to vomiting and further dehydration.
If your pet is showing signs of shock, heat stroke or severe dehydration, call your veterinarian immediately. Treatment for dogs experiencing these symptoms is likely re-hydration using intravenous fluids.
Keeping your Pet Hydrated
Dogs typically require at least one ounce of water per day for each pound of body weight. If you are unsure whether your dog is taking in enough fluids, contact your vet to get advice on the proper amounts of water based on the type of pet.