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Know The Signs Of Dehydration In Your Dog

Published on May 16, 2010 by in Water

Dehydration can lead to serious complications. Dehydration is explained as an excess loss of bodily fluids. Whether it is caused by an illness, exposure to heat, or from a lack of intake, dehydration must be addressed immediately or it can lead to multiple health problems including organ failure and even death.

Dehydration most often results in loss of water and minerals (electrolytes). Many factors are involved in the process leading to dehydration. It could result from an illness that has produced a high fever, or exposure to extreme heat conditions.

A dogs natural defense mechanism is panting. Since a dog doesn’t have sweat glands to keep them cool they pant in an effort to regulate their body temperature. Panting results in a loss of fluids and can result in dehydration if they are not replaced.

The obvious way to rehydrate them would be to provide fresh water. However if you are feeding a dry kibble product, a larger quantity of water will be needed to replenish the system. The best natural source of water comes from consuming high moisture foods such as the BARF DIET. High moisture foods help maintain appropriate levels of bodily fluids in dogs.

Recognizing the signs of dehydration are important. A lack of elasticity of the skin, dry and sunken eyes, and a dry mouth and nose are visible signs that can lead to severe dehydration situations.

If you suspect that your dog is dehydrated, then allow the dog to drink small portions over a period of time rather than drinking a lot at once. This will prevent vomiting and causing further dehydration to occur.

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