Warmer months are upon us and while dehydration in our children and grandparents is a serious concern, we cannot forget about our four-legged friends. Dogs, especially ones left outside during the hottest summer months, are at a high risk for dehydration. Being able to tell if your dog is dehydrated can be tricky. Here are some quick signs you can use to be able to tell if Fido is at risk:
- His gums are dry or sticky
- Little or no urination
- Your dog is acting lethargic, or lacking normal energy levels
- His eyes are sunken in
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, dehydration is a serious risk and if you do not act quickly it can lead to death!
Dehydration can be caused by a number of things including vomiting, lack of food and water intake, diarrhea, or being exposed to too much heat. Taking proper precautions can greatly reduce the risk of your dog becoming dehydrated.
If you notice that your dog is dehydrated, you must take action immediately. Allowing the dehydration to continue only puts your dog at a greater risk. While you can give your dog oral re-hydration solutions, it is highly recommended to contact your veterinarian immediately. The veterinarian can determine exactly how dehydrated your dog is as well as re-hydrate your dog to healthy hydration levels.
Preventing dehydration can be as simple as ensuring that your dog is drinking enough water. Ensuring that he always has access to clean drinking water will help prevent dehydration. Also, if your dog has been sick or injured you should monitor them more closely to ensure proper intake of fluids. If you must leave your dog outside during the extreme heat in the summer months, please be sure to provide her with a cool, shaded place to take cover with plenty of drinking water available. Leaving your dog in direct sunlight with no access to drinking water is a sure fire way to end up at the veterinarian’s office.
Dogs are family members too, and we must take proper precautions to ensure their safety in the summer months! I know my pup would not be happy with me if I left her outside in the Florida heat with no water! She may be spoiled just a little though.