CAUSES OF CANINE DEHYDRATION
Maintaining proper electrolytes in your dog’s body is very important for keeping the right level of fluid in the system. Proper electrolytes for dogs are particularly important for increasing circulation, regulating muscle, balancing pH and nerve function, and facilitating important body processes such as breathing.
In addition, proper levels of electrolytes can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones or having organ failure. It has also been shown that maintaining good health in dogs can help prevent osteoarthritis, which is one of the most common diseases affecting canines. Since there are so many roles for proper levels of electrolytes in a canine’s body.
Some dogs need more encouragement than others or they are in a heavy exercise where they lose fluids through panting. All dogs are individuals and the causes can the degrees of dehydration can vary many facto.
SYMPTOMS OF CANINE DEHYDRATION
Identifying signs of dehydration is important. The list of symptoms include:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Loss of appetite
- Low energy levels
- Dry nose or gums
- Thicker saliva
- Dry eyes
One simple test is skin elasticity and this can be performed by holding some skin near the shoulder blades, pulling up and letting go. Monitor how it falls back into place as a hydrated dog will have its skin spring back instantly. A dehydrated dog will take longer for the skin to fall back into place. Always do this simple test when you know your dog is hydrated, so you have a feel of hydrated skin elasticity to refer to.
TREATMENTS AND PREVENTION OF DEHYDRATION
Once dehydration is identified, ensure there is fresh water available. If the dog is showing signs of distress, especially conditions such as persistent vomiting or heatstroke, consider a vet visit as these conditions can progress rapidly into a serious health condition.
There are certain conditions where a dehydrated dog will have lost large amounts of electrolytes, and these need to be replaced urgently. If your dog is experiencing diarrhea, one of your biggest worries is the possibility of an electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. The fluid loss can be substantial, so replacing essential electrolytes can ensure their body systems function properly in recovery.
Other conditions such as post-surgery and sstress will require hydration levels to be monitored. Dogs refuse to eat post surgery or in times of stress, but it’s important to keep them hydrated. Proper nutrition and hydration help pets heal quickly and properly.
In physical activity, electrolytes can help support hydration levels during times of high activity. Giving an electrolyte supplement helps keep the dog hydrated with water intake and provides a source of energy.
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