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Is Your Dog Dying of Thirst? Signs of Dehydration

Symptoms of dog dehydrationDoes your dog need water? Don’t let them get dehydrated.

The lack of water in the body affects both humans and animals. Make sure your dog or cat has plenty to drink this summer as the heat increases. Dehydration can cause serious complications because water is essential to maintain appropriate health.

Dehydration not only occurs when the water intake drops but also when there is an increased fluid loss. Fluid loss can be due to overheating in hot weather or a bout of vomiting or diarrhea, especially in puppies!

Did you know that your dog can quickly dehydrate in your car? Read about car safety and your dog during the summer heat, what you don’t know could actually kill your dog.


  • Sunken eyes
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Depression


If you suspect that your dog is suffering from dehydration take him or her to the vet immediately as it may indicate a serious underlying problem. Besides the symptoms mentioned above another way to detect dehydration is by gently lifting the skin on the back of the dogs neck or between the shoulder blades and it should immediately return to a normal position (unless your dog is overweight or very thin). However taking them to the vet is the best way to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dogs with kidney disorders, cancer and infectious diseases tend to be more prone to dehydration but all dogs are at risk especially with such warm weather!


A vet will administer intravenous or subcutaneous fluids, and run additional tests if needed to determine the cause of the condition.


Make sure your dog has CLEAN water at all times. Change it frequently to ensure freshness! Also wash it every day to prevent bacteria from forming.

Watch your dog’s water intake. They need at least one ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day. If your dog is not drinking enough water then ask your vet about what to do…

A weighted bowl will keep the dog from knocking it over so less water is lost!

Carry water for your dog with you when going out with them.

Make sure there are no sores or burrs or sticks in your dog’s mouth – inhibiting him or her from drinking enough water.

Don’t chain them up! The dog can get tangled and won’t be able to reach the water bowl.

Don’t let the dog drink from the toilet! It may seem funny but it is full of bacteria that can harm them so keep that lid down!