Adequate water consumption is important to all living things. This also applies to dogs. Water composes 80% of your canine friend’s body weight. To function properly, a dog needs to have access to clean drinking water.
Water is the catalyst for all health functions that a dog undergoes. It is essential for its well-being. It is most definitely a key factor in its digestive process. For a dog to properly absorb nutrients its body has to be properly hydrated.
That is why it is important to observe your dog and watch out for signs of dehydration. The following are signs to be concerned about. It may also indicate a dehydrated dog.
Watch for the times when your dog is unusually inactive. A dog is a creature of habit. And certain stimulus causes a normal dog to move and expend energy. When this expending of energy does not occur then it is a sure sign that the dog may not be feeling well. Especially during hot days make sure to give the dog access to clean drinking water.
Loss of appetite
A healthy dog normally loves its food. It especially loves treats. When a dog starts to show lack of interest towards its food then more than likely there is an underlying problem.
Lack of Elasticity of the Skin
Your dog’s skin should be elastic. Test the skin on the dog’s neck area. When you pull on this skin and it does not come back to its original form after a short time then there is a great likelihood that the dog is dehydrated. This test is not very conclusive if your dog is very skinny or overweight.
Another sign of dehydration in dogs is the lack of or excessive urination. Both conditions may indicate dehydration.
A normal dog’s mouth is always moist. When a dog has dry mouth it is a sure sign of dehydration.
A dog owner normally is familiar with the dog’s facial features. If the dog’s eyes are sunken that could also mean that the dog is dehydrated.
Fever and over exposure to heat can result in dehydration for dogs.
Looking out for the symptoms in your dog’s current condition will make you more vigilant with regards to its dehydration. When you make this determination immediately take the dog to the vet. More than likely you will not be able to treat him at home. The mere administration of water that’s not guaranteed the recovery of your dog.
With dehydration in dogs it is better to be safe than sorry.