Dehydration in Dogs

By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 09 March 2015 - 11:07 am IST

Dehydration is a common emergency condition in which the dog loses its ability to replace the fluids which have been lost orally. These fluids are comprised of the vital electrolytes as well as water which is needed by the pets.

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration:

One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is the loss of the skin elasticity. When the skin is pulled lightly, it will not readily come back to its original place. One of the other symptoms of the disease is Xerostomia, in which the gums lose their moistness as well as become dry and sticky. The saliva tends to become thick. In cases of advance dehydration, the eyes tend to sink in and the dog can collapses in shock.

Primary Cause of Dehydration:

In addition to the persistent vomiting as well as diarrhea, illness, fever, heat strokes as well as deficiency in the fluid intake can also cause dehydration.

Treatment and Prevention of Dehydration:

In case of a moderate case of Dehydration and when the dog is not throwing up, you can treat your pet with Ringer’s Lactate. You can also provide him with an electrolytic solution orally. Electrolyte enhanced solution is very helpful as it fills up the body with the essentially needed salts.

If your dog is suffering from severe dehydration, seek immediate medical attention. The vet maybe able to administer IV fluids in order to avoid further loss of fluids and prevents the loss of the present fluids from the body.

For a dog who has been suffering from continuous and severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, make sure that you prescribe your dog with an electrolytic solution until the illness has passed completely. An IV fluid is only the solution in case of severe cases. 

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