Have you had enough to drink today? Has your dog? Dehydration doesn’t only affect humans. Just like us, our dogs need to drink plenty of water to stay healthy and active. Water helps their bodies to function properly and flushes out any toxins from their blood that could make them sick. Getting enough water is especially important for dogs in the summer months, when warmer weather and often more time spent being active means that they need more water than usual to sustain them.
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dry, pale gums
- Unusual lethargy
- Loss of appetite
- Dry nose
- Sunken eyes
- Vomiting with or without diarrhoea
- Loss of skin elasticity (pinch a small area gently between your fingers, the slower the skin returns to its original position, the more dehydrated your dog is)
Dehydration can quickly become life-threatening, so if you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, it’s crucial that you get them seen by your vet as quickly as possible.