It’s commonly known that dogs are one of the most loyal friends a man could have in his whole life. Only those people who actually own a dog can understand the real connection that is developed between a dog and his owner. A connection that can only be broken by one thing: having a sick dog.
A sick dog is not fun at all. Believe me; been there, done that. This is very true, especially if you don’t know what’s going on or why the dogs feels or acts the way he does. There are many conditions that could cause your little friend to feel really sick, and dehydration is one of those conditions.
According to Pet MD, “the most common symptom of dehydration is the loss of elasticity in the skin. When pulled lightly, the skin will not readily come back to its original place. Another alarming symptom is xerostomia, in which the gums lose moistness and become dry and sticky, and the saliva becomes thick.”
According to Pet Wave, other sings of dehydration include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight loss, excessive volume of urine production, lethargy, weakness, depression, panting, excessive drooling/salivation, tacky, dry gums and other mucous membranes, elevated heart rate (tachycardia), and weak pulse quality/strength.
If your dog is presenting one of the symptoms mentioned above, continue reading. Below, I will share with you four (4) excellent ideas to help him feel better and at the same time, to prevent future dehydration episodes that could put his health in risk.
Tip # 1: Contact your veterinary as soon as possible. Once you have identified possible dehydration symptoms in your dog, the first step you need to take is to contact your veterinary. He’s the only person who can tell you if, in fact, your dog is dehydrated. Don’t waste any time trying home remedies; call the doctor ASAP.
Tip # 2: Promote fluid intake. Offer your dog small amount of fluid over a long period of time. The purpose of this is to try to replace the fluid that he lost, but without overdoing it. If you give him too much water, too fast, it can lead him to more vomiting, which will make him to lose more fluids.
Tip # 3: Keep him in a cool and comfortable location. Making sure your dog stays in a cool and comfortable location will prevent him from becoming exposed to any unnecessary heat that could make his dehydration to become even worst.
Tip # 4: Show him love. Yes, my friend. You furry friend is feeling bad and may need some extra attention from you for a while. Show him how much you love him and how much you care for him. You are the only person who knows what he really likes and what makes him feel better, so give it to him. He will really appreciate it, and I’m pretty sure that the extra attention will make him feel much better.
There you have it, my dear friends. Dehydration in dogs is not a joke. It’s a very serious condition that needs to be treated immediately. If after trying the tips mentioned above, your dog still showing signs of dehydration, contact your veterinary immediately. Dehydration in dogs is curable if treated on time. If you wait and don’t treat it on time, you could be easily exposing the dog to a more advance stage of dehydration that could cause the dog to collapse with shock, and even to put his life in risk.
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