Learning to Live With Pets

Dehydration In Dogs: Frequently Asked Questions

When you feel extreme thirst or even start to show the early signs of dehydration, you know it is important to become rehydrated. Your dog can also suffer from dehydration and unfortunately, your dog cannot tell you they are not feeling well and need to drink more water and may need to be seen by a veterinarian. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions you might have about dehydration in dogs.

What Are the Symptoms of Dehydration in Dogs?

Understanding the different signs and symptoms of dehydration in dogs is the first step to ensuring your dog receives the proper treatment. Here are a few of the signs of dehydration in dogs:

  • Dry eyes and dry nose
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Lack of saliva and dry gums
  • Panting
  • Loss of appetite

If you see these symptoms in your dog, there is an easy test you can perform to see if your dog is dehydrated. Gently pinch your dog's skin and watch for it to bounce back into place. A well-hydrated dog's skin will instantly pop back into place. However, if your dog's skin remains pinched or slowly returns to normal, your dog could be dehydrated.

What Should I Do If I Suspect My Dog Is Dehydrated?

If your dog is suffering from a mild case of dehydration, you can give your dog small amounts of water over a period of several minutes or hours to slowly rehydrate your pet. However, do not offer your dog too much water at once, as this can be dangerous. Ask your doctor about giving your dog electrolytes, which can be purchased in drink form over the counter.

Replenishing your dog's electrolytes is important, especially if they are dehydrated from severe vomiting or diarrhea. If your dog becomes extremely lethargic or nonresponsive from dehydration, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately to have your dog rehydrated through intravenous liquids.

How Can I Prevent Dehydration in My Dogs?

The best way to prevent dehydration in dogs is to provide your dog with easy access to fresh, cool water. This is especially important if your dog is playing, if it is hot outside, or if your dog has been sick. You can try giving your dog ice cubes on a hot day, as well. Providing your dog with wet dog food is another way to ensure your dog receives more hydration.

Dehydration in dogs is a serious condition that is preventable. If you have any more questions, contact an animal care hospital