After a brutal winter, the prospect of warm weather excites us all. None more so than our good friends of the canine variety. After such frigid weather, is there a dog who is not ready to cast off the shackles that is a silly winter dog sweater and to run free in the warm air? The answer is a resounding no. However, as summer time quickly approaches, we need to make sure that our fury friends are safe. The heat can be especially tough on dogs. Here are some ways to determine if your dog is properly hydrated and some tips to help maintain proper hydration.
Amongst the first indicators of dehydration deals with your dog’s demeanor. A dehydrated dog may begin to pant excessively, or may appear sluggish or tired. Amongst the first visual signs of dehydration in dogs include dryness of the eyes, nose, and mouth. As dehydration begins to worsen, your dog’s skin may become less elastic and the gums may lose color. The elasticity of a dog’s skin can be best established by gently pulling up the skin on the dog’s neck. If you gently pull up on a dehydrated dog’s skin, it will fall back into place much slower than is normal. The color of a dog’s gums can be determined by gently pressing on the dog’s gums until they turn white. The longer it takes a dog’s gums to return to their normal pink color is an indication of dehydration.
Dehydration can sneak up on your dog very quickly and it can become progressively bad just as quickly. Dehydration prevention can save you allot of unneeded worry and a high vet bill. During the summer make sure to keep your dog’s time outside to a minimum. Also, make sure your dog has multiple bowls of water in case one of them runs out. If your dog has been active or is panting, make sure that your dog is given a little bit of water at a time and that your dog drinks slowly. If your dog drinks too much water too quickly, the dog may vomit, and in turn vomiting may lead to dehydration. If you are ever in doubt as to whether your dog is in fact dehydrated, take your dog to the vet. It is better to be safe than sorry.