Dogs explore a lot, and they have fun playing, learning, running around, and doing things like sunbathing. But that means that they run low on water pretty frequently. Dogs are made up of around 80% water, and they need to stay hydrated to stay healthy and enjoy.
What Causes Dehydration?
Most dogs get dehydrated simply from living their everyday lives, through playing, excursion, using the bathroom, and more. After all, all living beings need water to stay healthy.
There are also other possible reasons for dehydration, including:
- Excessive urination
- Eating drying foods
- Digestive conditions
- Kidney conditions
Symptoms of Dehydration
If your dog is dehydrated, they may show the following symptoms:
- Sunken eyes
- Panting in excess
- Lessened skin elasticity
- Appetite loss
If your dog is mildly dehydrated, a little fresh water is all they need to get back to normal. If it is a very severe form of dehydration, speak to a vet immediately as there may be an underlying issue.
You can prevent dehydration in your dogs by doing the following:
- Make sure they have plenty of shade outdoors
- Don’t let your dog stay out in extreme temperatures
- Make sure there is always fresh water in your dog’s bowl
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