Here's What You Need To Know About Dehydration In Your Puppies

Here's What You Need To Know About Dehydration In Your Puppies

Puppies tend to be very active. They run, play, and explore all the time, which means they need both a lot of food and water to stay healthy and provide them with energy and fuel.

Adult dogs are comprised of 80% water, so there’s no way to overstate its importance to dogs of any age!

Dehydration can be caused by a wide range of issues, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive urination
  • Harmful toxin ingestion
  • Kidney issues

However, the most common reason for dehydration is simple: your dog is constantly excreting water through panting, sweating, using the bathroom, and their skin. It’s only natural that they, like humans, need to recoup what they lose!

Worried your puppy is dehydrated? Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Sunken eyes
  • Excessive panting
  • Tented skin
  • Appetite loss
  • Depression
  • Lethargy

If your dog shows signs of dehydration on a mild level, make sure they have access to clean, fresh water nearby and encourage them to drink. They will drink on their own and recover in their own time, no worse for wear. But if your puppy shows very severe signs of dehydration, bring them to a vet immediately.

To prevent dehydration in your puppy:

  1. Don’t let your dog stay outdoors for long periods of time when it’s hot outside
  2. Keep water and food bowls clean to prevent infections
  3. Leave lots of fresh water out for your puppy and refill it constantly

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