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How to Keep Your Dog Hydrated and Catch Early the Signs of Dehydration

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Yuliss has worked with sheltered dogs, training them to be adoptable to good homes. She has had her own dogs and now has 4 human children!

How to Keep Your Dog Hydrated and catch early the Signs of Dehydration

A major part to understand healthcare for dogs is that unlike humans, our furry friends are not as vocal or understanding of their hydration requirements.

Dehydration is a major challenge for most owners to understand as a lot of us believe that something as basic as drinking enough water would not need any monitoring.

Dog health care professionals want us to make sure that they can educate us on the importance of proper hydration and providing a healthy diet for dogs.

How Much Water Should a Dog Drink


Signs that your Dog is Dehydrated

It is first and foremost important to understand the physical buildup of our canine friend, a dog’s body weight is about 60% made up completely of water. So it is paramount for optimal dog healthcare that we ensure they are being properly hydrated. Listed below are the signs of dehydration that you need to Monitor:

  • Skin test- You gently pull on the nape of the dog’s neck and after which let it go, if the skin bounces back down quickly then it is properly hydrated and if it stays tented up or takes time flattening out then unfortunately the dog is dehydrated. This is a quick and easy method, but not efficient in older dogs or with those who have any sort of skin elasticity concern.
  • Their eyes become a bit sunken in and look a bit exhausted
  • Our furry friends will not be energetic
  • This is Dangerous, an abnormal increase in the heart rate
  • Concerning factors again about the cardiovascular system is that the pulse would also be weak
  • A visual sign of heat exhaustion will be excessive panting
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry/sticky gums
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How to Quickly Treat Dehydration

As per the signs, you believe that your dog is dehydrated then in that case there are multiple ways to hydrate your pet at home, but if that doesn’t seem to improve your pet's condition or if you are not sure about the level of dehydration then, in that case, it is advisable to quickly contact your nearest dog healthcare professional. Some steps you can take at home to cool and hydrate your dog:

  • Quickly move your dog to a cool and quiet area of your home, as the more dehydrated they are some dogs get worked up due to heat exhaustion.
  • If they seem slightly dehydrated then in that case put water bowls around the home for easy access and also try hiding ice blocks in their food.
  • If you believe from seeing the multiple symptoms that the dog is severely dehydrated, then in that case slowly provide little water and then take them immediately to your nearest dog healthcare professional.


In this article we discuss when and how to monitor your dog for dehydration. We look at ways you can treat dehydration at home. We suggest to make a veterinarian visit if you are concerned your dog has become to dehydrated. Please look after your dog's water needs in hot weather!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Yuliss

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