Dog Health: Dehydration

Dog | Dehydration

An Introduction to Dehydration

Dehydration can occur as a result of many different diseases and situations.  If your dog is not consuming enough fluids and/or is losing too much fluid, then dehydration can result. 

Erin Coomer - Veterinarian

November 2013

Causes of Dehydration

There are numerous reasons why your dog could become dehydrated.

Fluid Loss – occurs most commonly when a dog has vomiting or diarrhea (or both).  Also, excessive panting can lead to fluid loss.

Decreased fluid intake – can occur when an animal is feeling unwell (for whatever reason) and doesn’t want to drink or...
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Symptoms of Dehydration

An animal that is dehydrated may present with any of the following signs:

• Vomiting and/or diarrhea

• Lethargy

• Dry gums and tongue

• Sad or sick looking eyes.  Sunken eyes

• Collapse

• Not urinating at all, or not as frequently as normal

• Constipation

There are various scales of dehydration from...
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Treatment of Dehydration

If you are worried that your dog may be dehydrated, seek Veterinary attention.

Your Vet will examine your dog and determine if diagnostic tests (blood tests, urine tests, xrays and/or ultrasounds) and treatment are needed.  Remember, dehydration is occurring secondary to another primary problem. 

The goal of treatment is 2 fold.  Firstly, you...
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