Dehydration in dogs can lead to more serious medical issues unless it is quickly diagnosed and the proper steps are taken. According to the ASPCA dehydration alone could also be an underlying symptom of another more serious problem that is currently undiagnosed. For these two important reasons you should be aware of the symptoms that show your dog may be suffering from dehydration to determine if you need to seek assistance.
- Lack of Energy
- Reduced or no appetite
- Sunken Eyes
- Excessively Panting
- Visibly weak or uneasy
Lack of Energy
One key symptom to watch for is a sudden lack of energy. If your dog has mass amounts of energy and greets you with his tail wagging every time you come home and he suddenly stops start paying attention. Dogs always give away that they aren’t feeling well if you take the time to observe. Begin by seeing if he is experiencing any of the other symptoms below that may help in making your determination.
No or Reduced Appetite
Another important aspect to take into consideration, observe to see if your dog has lost his appetite. A lethargic dog with even a moderate reduction in appetite could provide clue number two that you may need to get fluids in him as soon as possible.
According to the Humane Society, another symptom of hydration is sunken in look to the eyes or a lack of water in the eyes. If you see this symptom immediately begin providing your dog water however make sure you limit it at first. Too much water too fast can lead to the dog vomiting and in turn losing even more fluid than he took in. Doing so may worsen the situation.
Has the weather been unusually hot recently? If your breed has a thick coat he may be overheating due to the changes in the weather. Make sure you keep clean fresh water both indoors and outdoors. Leaving your dog out in the heat with a water bowl inside or with the water bowl tipped over is a simple mistake that can have serious consequences. Every few hours you should step out and make sure he has fresh clean water that is available.
Visibly weak or uneasy
If this symptom is showing you should seek the assistance of your vet. At this point your dog will be in the final stages of dehydration and needs immediate help.
If your dog has not consumed any of the water provided, or several of the symptoms in this article are visible you should seek the assistance of your veterinarian. They can more quickly and accurately diagnose the situation and see if it’s an underlying cause of a condition that’s more serious or get the dehydration under control swiftly.
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“Dog dehydration and water needs,” WebMD