Signs of Dehydration in Dogs
As the summer heat scorches your town, it’s important for both you and your pets to stay hydrated. Just like people, your pets can suffer from dehydration, or the unsafe lack of water in the body. Dehydration is often caused by reduced water intake or excessive loss of fluids, which can often indicate more serious medical conditions. Watch for these common signs of dehydration in both cats and dogs alike: lethargy sunken eyes loss of appetite dry mouth excessive panting and elevated heart rate depression decreased skin elasticity If you suspect that your pet may be dehydrated, you may be able to detect dehydration by performing an at-home test of your pet’s skin elasticity. Gently lift the skin on the back of your cat’s or dog’s neck or shoulder blades. The skin should return to its normal position immediately. If the skin doesn't snap back to its normal position, your pet may be dehydrated. If this is the case, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Only a veterinarian can properly diagnose and administer treatment, especially because dehydration is often a symptom of more serious health issues. You can avoid dehydration in your furry friends by providing clean drinking water at all times, especially if your pet has another illness. Also be sure to monitor your pet’s water intake. Is he drinking regularly? Is he drinking too much at once and then vomiting? Does he refuse to drink his water? A general rule of thumb: if you think your pet is experiencing dehydration, talk to your vet immediately. There's still a lot of summer heat left, Austinites; stay safe, cool + hydrated!