How to Recognize and Treat Dehydration in Dogs

When summer swelter, it’s easier for dogs to become dehydrated. But it’s not always easy to recognize the signs, unless your pup has gone into severe mode with seizures, locked limbs, and hard, dry heaves. For those pet lovers that want to protect their pup companions from dehydration, here are a few ways to both recognize and treat dehydration in dogs.

The Symptoms of Dehydration in Dogs

The most common symptoms of dehydration in dogs includes a loss of appetite, lethargy and unusual laziness or reduced energy levels, dried eyes with a sunken, sallow appearance, dry nose, gums, and tongue, stiffer skin, and lots of panting.

More severe cases include seizures, partial paralysis, vomiting of stomach bile, and a listless, far-off focus. In the most severe cases, vet intervention should be your first priority, as severe dehydration can lead to death.

How to Treat Dehydration in Your Pup

– One Cup of Salt-Free Chicken Broth

Chicken broth is loaded with nutrients, like protein, complex carbs, and natural vitamins to rehydrate the cells in your pup’s body. The results should be almost immediate, with a subtle restored pep, clearer eyes, and attentive nature. Too much salt can further dehydrate a dog’s body, so make sure your broth is salt-free or reduced sodium.

– Lots of Water [One Ounce Per One Pound of Bodyweight]

The rule for dogs of any type is usually one ounce of water per one pound of bodyweight on a daily basis. Of course, this varies based on how much a pup actually consumes, but you should make this kind of water readily available—just in case. Dogs should be able to walk to their water bowls at any time and get a fresh lap of water to rehydrate their cells. FYI—if your home or neighborhood hooks up to a series of underground wells for your water, consider pooling funds for industrial bag filters to ensure the cleanest water possible for your pups.

– Pour a Capful of Pedialyte into a Water Bowl

Pedialyte is packed with electrolytes, which help bodily cells retain nutrients and hydration. Pour a small capful of Pedialyte into your pup’s water bowl for a boost of hydration that sticks with their cells.

Severe cases of dehydration should be treated with an emergency trip to the vet. However, general cases of dehydration should include a check-up and follow-up to evaluate the condition of a once-dehydrated pup. Even if your pet is showing signs of being properly hydrated again, you should opt for an immediate wellness visit to the vet.

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