Dehydration and overheating could be serious if left untreated. Recognizing early warning signs is important to the health of your dog.
This is a process where body fluid is excessively lost. Dehydration involves the loss of water and depletion of electrolytes, which include some essential minerals. It could be caused by illness or lack of availability of water.
Signs of a dehydrated dog include sunken eyes, dry mouth, gums, and nose.
Poor skin elasticity is another dehydration symptom, which you can test by gently pulling up on the skin at the back of your dog’s neck. If the skin doesn’t immediately spring back to its normal position, your dog may be dehydrated.
The longer it takes for the skin to return to its normal position, the more severe the dehydration.
Another test you can perform at home is called capillary refill time. Press your finger against your dog’s gums until they turn white, then remove it. If the gums don’t regain color immediately, your dog could be dehydrated.
Since untreated dehydration can lead to organ failure and death, seek immediate vet attention if dehydration is suspected.
Depending on the severity, your vet may suggest water with electrolyte products. In extreme cases, intravenous fluids will be administered to replenish your dog’s fluids.
Heat-related dog conditions can also become life-threatening without immediate treatment.
Overheated dogs can suffer heat exhaustion, heatstroke or sudden death from cardiac arrhythmias.
Panting, followed by disorientation and fast, noisy breathing could signal to overheat. Other possible signs: Collapsing or convulsing, bright red or blue gums, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Please, when you are traveling long distance with your dog in the car watch out for overheating. Don’t walk your dog under the hot sun. These situations can make a dog become dangerously hot, you should watch your dog closely for overheating signs.
If you suspect your dog is overheated, wet him with cool water before heading to the vet.
Your vet may apply alcohol to the ears, footpads, and groin to safely lower the temperature, as well as administer cool IV fluids.
For serious overheating, your dog may need a breathing tube and artificial ventilation.
Simple precautions can ward off dehydration and overheating.
To help prevent dehydration, offer dogs water at least once every two hours. Avoid keeping them in hot cages. Let their houses be well ventilated. Avoid walking them under the sun as I said earlier.
Help your dog beat the heat by encouraging resting and drinking at his leisure.
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