Dehydration in dogs is a serious condition that should be addressed wit urgency as soon as it is observed. This is because the dehydration may result in an abnormal reduction in the volume of the blood circulating. As a consequence, the electrolytes in the dog’s body become imbalanced leading to organ failure and even death. Dehydration may be caused by various things, but in dogs it’s typically caused by vomiting, fever, not enough intake of water and diarrhea.
Lack of skin elasticity
A dog’s skin is usually elastic. A simple do at home test to determine whether your dog is dehydrated is to gently pinch the skin on the back of the neck of your dog. If it doesn’t immediately go back to normal then your dog is dehydrated and immediate medical attention is required. The severity of the dehydration is indicated with the length of time the skin takes to go back to its normal position. This test is however not completely accurate. For old dogs and skinny dogs, it might be hard to determine dehydration with this technique since the skin elasticity is greatly reduced. For obese dogs, the skin might spring back even if the dog is dehydrated due to the layer of fat under the skin.
This refers to lack of enthusiasm or fatigue on the part of your dog. If your dog is visibly tired along with heavy panting, this is a sign that your dog is dehydrated, which is according to the Humane Society of Harrisburg, PA. However, these are just the signs manifested in the beginning and are subject to the normal energy levels of your dog and also the age of your dog
Delayed capillary refill time and a dry mouth
This test is simply done by gently pressing on the dog’s gum with your fingertip till it turns white. Normally, he color should go back to pink almost immediately. If it takes a long time for the color to return to the gums, then your dog is probably dehydrated.
While you are still working on the mouth, swipe a finger under the gum. If the saliva is sticky or the mouth is dry, there is a high probability that your dog is dehydrated.
This basically refers to sunken eyes in a dog. It is the backwards displacement of the eyeball into the orbit of the eye. Enophthalmos is usually bilaterally symmetrical that is it usually affects both eyes equally
For dogs, dehydration is a matter of life and death. In case you observe dehydration in your dog, it is advisable you immediately contact your veterinary officer so that he may be able to determine the right amount of fluids intake needed to replenish your dog. The fluids are most likely to be administered from under the skin.
However, if you decide to use a home remedy after you discover your dog is dehydrated, it is advisable that you clean the dog’s water bowl and fill it with clean water. This is because dos like cool water preferably one that is at room temperature. If more hydration is required, you can give it a few teaspoonfuls of pedialyte, which is children medication. The electrolytes in this medicine will help replenish your do.