Top of the list when it comes to causes of dehydration in dogs is overheating and overexertion, especially during hot summer weather, this can happen to perfectly healthy dogs, because let’s face it when your pooch is having the time of his life playing with his friends the last thing he thinks of doing is stopping to take a drink. I know one of my spaniels would never drop her ball in order to do something as boring as having a drink, hence we have a ball ban going on in hot weather.
Sometimes mild cases of dehydration that are due to overheating or overexertion can be treated by encouraging your dog to drink, it can help to flavour their water with chicken broth or similar to tempt them. Making sure they rest inside in a cool place can help them recover too.
There are six main signs that indicate your dog might be dehydrated and it’s good to be aware of them just in case, as a very dehydrated dog often needs to see a vet quite quickly. Let’s take a look at what they are.
Your dog like any other mammal can become dehydrated when his body is losing more fluids than he is taking in or if he is not drinking enough water. Dehydration in dogs is not just a case of your pooch being thirsty, it’s actually a serious condition that can even be life-threatening.
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