With the weather warming up and the summer months upon us, it is important to ensure that your dog is properly hydrated. Since your dog cannot tell you that they are thirsty, and nobody is expecting you to meticulously track every ounce that your dog drinks, it can be difficult to determine whether or not your dog is dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when the body does not have enough water and electrolytes. And, though you might think the only way to hydrate your dog is by filling up their water bowl, there are more ways to keep your dog hydrated than that. But first, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of dehydration in dogs.
Know the signs and symptoms of dehydration in dogs so that you can be aware and help your dog stay hydrated. Some of the symptoms of dehydration include, lethargy/visibly tired, excessive panting, appearance of warmth/overheating, dry mouth, loss of appetite, loss of skin elasticity, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, sunken eyes, change in mood, and more. Smaller dogs, dogs with certain illnesses, elderly dogs, pregnant dogs, and dogs that spend more time outside are more prone to dehydration than larger dogs. Moderate to severe dehydration should be treated by a veterinarian and may require intravenous fluids and electrolytes. But, if you notice your dog may be starting to get dehydrated, or are just looking for ways to prevent dehydration in the first place, there are many things you can do.
First, dehydration can be prevented not just be providing additional fluids, but also by providing other forms of hydration. A wet pet food can provide far more hydration than dry dog food so if you are concerned that your dog is prone to dehydration, it may be better to keep them on wet pet food. In addition to wet pet food, provide your dog with clean water at all times. Though you do not need to track the exact ounces they are consuming, keep an eye and monitor their water intake to ensure that they aren’t neglecting it. There are also fun frozen treats you can provide your dog. Freeze things like peanut butter, yogurt, bananas, and chicken broth (make a smoothie and freeze them into cubes), for a fun and hydrating treat. By keeping an eye on your dogs water intake, providing plenty of access to fresh water, and providing hydrating nutrition, you can prevent dehydration in your dog and keep them healthy.