Pet Dehydration

Debra Soth
June 7, 2021

Pet dehydration can be very threatening to your dog's or cat's health if not addressed properly. Find out here how to prevent dehydration in your pet.

It is far more difficult for pets to recover from dehydration than for people, and it can even be lethal. Dehydration occurs more often than you think. It is a state in which the body loses more fluids than it receives. Surprisingly, this occurs more often than one might expect. But what exactly causes your pet to be dehydrated? And how do you know if your pet is not taking in enough water?

Causes of Dehydration

  • Not drinking enough water
  • Urinating more often than usual
  • Excessive panting
  • Heatstroke or fever (the high temperature causes fluids to burn more quickly)
  • Kidney issues

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Dry nose and gums
  • Lethargic
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Panting
  • Sunken eyes
  • Infrequent urination

Helping Your Pet Stay Hydrated

There are numerous ways to help your pet stay hydrated. The simplest thing you can do is to ensure that your cat or dog always has a bowl of freshwater. Keep an eye out for the water bowls if your pet tends to drink more water.  If you plan to go on a long walk, make sure to bring a portable bowl for your dog. Especially during spring and summer days, the heat can get very unpleasant, so your dog will be grateful for a refreshing sip of water. During long-distance traveling, plan enough bathroom breaks for your pet (and yourself, of course) as holding your urine in can weaken the bladder muscles and promote bacteria build-up.

Tip: Placing the water bowl in different places around the house can make it easier for cats and dogs to find and drink water.
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