How to Tell if Your Dog is Dehydrated

Just like us two-legged folks, dogs can experience dehydration. In fact, sometimes they’re more likely to become dehydrated than us because they walk around all day in a fur coat, causing them to overheat.

Whether through panting, breathing, using the bathroom, or sweating through their paws, all dogs lose water throughout the day — the more they lose, the more they have to drink and eat. This summer, keep your furry friend safe by knowing the warning signs of dehydration and what you should do if your pup loses too much water.

Canine Dehydration

Symptoms of Dehydration

A little panting is normal if your dog has spent the afternoon running and playing, so it can be hard to determine when normal heavy breathing crosses the line into a sign of dehydration.

Throughout the day, keep an eye out for these symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lack of energy
  • Thick saliva
  • Excessive panting
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Sudden loss of skin elasticity

What to Do if Your Dog is Dehydrated

At the first sign of dehydration, you should try to get your pup to drink cool water and rest in the shade or an air-conditioned room. If you think they’re severely dehydrated, it’s important that you take them to a vet right away. There, a veterinarian can administer intravenous fluids to quickly replace any water or electrolytes that were lost.

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