Although we are nearing the end of August, and Fall is around the corner, we’re still right in the middle of temps in the 80’s and 90’s. While it’s important that your pup pal gets the outdoor activity they need, it’s even more important to prevent and look out for signs of dehydration.

How to avoid dehydration

  1. Leave two or three fresh water bowls around the house
  2. Bring extra water when you’re exercising or traveling with your dog
  3. If your dog has not had a drink in a while, start re-hydration slowly with a few sips every few minutes. Over drinking after a dry spell can lead to vomiting which may cause your dog to lose more fluids
  4. Move your dog to the shade or inside the house after walking/playing in the sun

Signs of a dehydrated dog

  1. Excessive Panting
  2. Dry Mouth and/or Nose
  3. Sunken Eyes
  4. Lethargy
  5. Too little or too much urination
  6. Loss of Skin Elasticity (Pinch a small amount of skin between your thumb and index finger on your dog’s back. When you release it, the skin should snap back into place immediately.)
  7. Unsteady on feet (in severe cases)

Treatment

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, these are the steps you can take:

  1. Move your dog to a cool, shady location
  2. Provide your dog with cool water, potentially mixing in Pedialyte or salt-free chicken broth

If neither of those treatment options work or your dog will not drink, you need to contact your vet immediately. The vet will be able to administer IV fluids.

Image: Courtesy of Doggy Small Talk

 

 

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