Dogs also get dehydrated and not just human beings as many people would think. A dog that is dehydrated shows general weakness, dry gums, sunken eyes, and a loss of skin elasticity. It’s known that water is important to your dog, and it’s even more important than vitamins, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Every dog will lose water naturally. Whenever they pant or sweat, they lose reasonable amounts of water. More water is also lost wherever your dog pees and poops.
Any time a dog losses about 15% of water in their bodies, they could die. It’s important to understand that all dogs face dehydration risks especially if they don’t drink or eat enough. But why would your dog refuse to drink?
An underlying condition, pain, lethargy, and loss of fluids through disrobes, vomiting, and passing ursine frequently without taking a corresponding amount of water are some of the reasons that would lead to dehydration in dogs.
This reiterates the need to replace any water that the dog losses. However, there are instances where drinking more is not enough to compensate the canine for the large volume of fluids that have been lost. This is where you will have to get the help of an experienced veterinary professional who will prescribe additional treatments.
So how do you go about ensuring that you avoid dehydrating in your dog?
Provide enough water to your dog every day. You can use a dog water bottle to ensure that your pet drinks enough water every day. A good rule is to ensure that you avail an ounce of water for every pound of weight that your dog has. This means that if your dog weighs 20 pounds, you should provide 20 ounces of clean water every day. This can be equivalent to two cups of water. You can understand how much your dog drinks on average by noting down the level of water on the dog’s water bottle and checking how far that has dropped the next day. If you do this regularly, you can know how much water on average your dog drinks.
Clean the water bottle regularly. One of the reasons why dogs refuse to take water is because of the smell which dirty water bottles generate over time. Ensure that you clean it up regularly, and fill it with clean water. Ensure that you fill the bottle with water of the same quality as what human beings drink.
Add ice to the water. When it’s hot, and your dog is panting, you can add a few ice cubes to the water bottle. This helps to make the water cool enough for the dog to take. This works better when you are playing outside, or when you are going on a walk with your pet.
If you understand how to avoid dog dehydration, you can help to improve the wellbeing of your dog, while also helping to keep them healthy. Keep an eye for the symptoms of dehydration and take the requisite action to reverse that condition. Always avail clean drinking water, and keep the water bottle clean. Ensure that the water temperature is good for your dog to drink at any time.