When a dog’s body lacks fluid, it becomes dehydrated, and that can happen for a few reasons. There could be a lack of water intake or an increase of body fluid loss (ASPCA, 2014). Many times in the Spring or Summer, temperatures can get extremely high. A dog’s body can become overheated and not retain the fluid that they intake. It is always important to clean their bowls daily so bacteria does not form and make them sick. It is a must to provide your dogs with extra water and make sure that they are in a cool environment. To make and keep their water cooler, put an ice cube or two in the water. When dog’s like any other animals are sick, they will not drink or eat very much. However if they are vomiting or have diarrhea, there will be a reduction of fluid in their bodies.
My dog experienced being dehydrated about two years ago. I woke up one morning and she was acting very strange. She is an older and not very active dog, but was a little lethargic, kept laying down like her back legs were hurt, vomiting, and would not eat. I was terrified and at the door of the Veterinarian when they opened. It could have been a several things wrong so she needed a complete work up. Her eyes were checked and a couple of other things t see if she was coherent. At that point, I left her with the Veterinarian to perform various tests to find out what was wrong. They did blood and stool tests to rule out a few serious health conditions. Everything was sent to the lab and would take a few hours for the results to be available. In the mean time, she was provided fluids intravenously. Her day with the Veterinarian was very stressful but there was no serious health conditions. I learned that she was dehydrated and was provided with tips to try an prevent this from happening again.
It is important to pay close attention to you dogs actions because they could possibly have a health problem. You want to get them to a Veterinarian as soon as possible because a delay in getting help could cost them their lives. In the summer months, it is easily for the temperature to be in the high 80’s and possibly 90’s. A dogs body becomes hotter than a humans because of the extra coats of hair they have. Dogs with normally long hair need their hair to be cut short during the warm seasons. Just a few simple things can be added or adjusted and your pooch can weather the heat.
ASPCA (2014). Pet Care: Dehydration. Retrieved from http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dehydration.
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