Dehydration is a very common emergency which should be taken seriously. Dehydration occurs when your dog’s body loses more water and electrolytes than they are taking in. In turn, this causes severe issues such as a high body temperature, digestion concerns, joint pain, and even death if not treated properly. Just like humans, dogs rely heavily on water to keep their bodies functioning properly. Your dog’s body will begin the breakdown phase if they are losing more water than they are taking in.
How does dehydration happen? Your dog loses water throughout the day by urinating, defecating, panting, breathing, and even evaporation through their paws. When a dog reaches a point where their fluid intake is less than the amount they are losing, their blood flow and the volume of fluids is reduced. This happens to lessen the amount of oxygen that your dog needs for their organs and tissues.
You are probably wondering what some of the symptoms of dehydration are. The most common sign of dehydration is the loss of elasticity in your dog’s skin. You can test this out by pulling on your dog’s skin. If it does not return to its original position, your dog is more than likely suffering from dehydration. Additional symptoms of dehydration include xerostomia (gums become dry and sticky), loss of appetite, panting, dry note, and even sunken eyes.
How can you prevent dehydration? Ensure that your four-legged friend is drinking enough water throughout the day. Pay close attention to fluid loss if your dog is experiencing issues such as illness, vomiting, or diarrhea. As always, we suggest that you contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog is experiencing severe symptoms of dehydration