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Is My Pooch Feeling Parched?

Ever wondered if your furry friend is getting enough water? Let’s explore why water is crucial for your canine companion and learn how to ensure they stay well-hydrated.

Why Dogs Dehydrate:

Our dogs lose fluids through panting, breathing, and daily activities. If the loss exceeds their intake, dehydration can occur – a potentially serious issue. While smaller and older dogs are more vulnerable, any canine can face dehydration.

Common Causes:

  1. Limited water intake – Keep those water bowls topped up!
  2. Exercise – Bring water on walks to keep your pup refreshed.
  3. Health issues – Chronic illnesses can contribute to dehydration.
  4. Heat – Watch for signs of overheating on hot days.
  5. Ingesting foreign objects – Keep an eye on adventurous eaters.

Signs of Dehydration:

  1. Lethargy – A lack of energy may signal dehydration.
  2. Excessive panting – It could indicate overheating or dehydration.
  3. Thick saliva – Watch for changes in drool consistency.
  4. Dry nose – A wet nose is healthy; a dry one may indicate trouble.
  5. Skin tenting – Dehydration can cause the skin to remain tented.

What to Do If Your Dog Is Dehydrated:

For mild cases, offer small sips of water or an ice cube. Increase gradually and ensure constant access to water. If more severe signs or other issues arise, seek veterinary attention.

Veterinary Care for Dehydrated Dogs:

Diagnosing and treating the underlying cause is essential. Fluids, either subcutaneously or intravenously, help rehydrate your pup and address imbalances.

Keeping Your Dog Hydrated:

  1. Provide sufficient water – Multiple bowls ensure access.
  2. Carry water – Bring water on outings for a hydrated pup.
  3. Leave them at home – Avoid taking them on errands in hot weather.
  4. Regular check-ups – Visit the vet for routine evaluations.
  5. Seek help when needed – Persistent vomiting or diarrhoea requires vet attention.

At Chase Valley Veterinary Clinic, we aim to keep tails wagging and dogs hydrated. If you suspect dehydration, reach out to your vet promptly. Let’s ensure our canine friends stay healthy and well-hydrated!