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How to Tell If Your Dog Is Dehydrated May 23, 2019

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How to Tell If Your Dog Is Dehydrated, Clarksville, Maryland

A warm spring day is an excellent time to take your dog for a walk and encourage them to get some exercise. Unfortunately, pet clinics warn that as temperatures rise, so do the risks of dehydration. Here are a few signs your dog may be dehydrated, and how you can prevent this problem. 

A Guide to Dogs & Dehydration

What Are the Signs of Dehydration?

Spotting dehydration in dogs can be tricky, as many of the symptoms may seem normal. For instance, your dog may start to pant or breathe quickly—a common occurrence on warm days. Dogs may also act apprehensive, slow, or tired. Their gums may appear dry and white, and their mucous membranes will be sticky. Additionally, watch for dark-colored urine. If you notice more than one of these signs, take your dog to a pet clinic for treatment.  

How Can You Prevent Dehydration? 

pet clinicTo prevent the issue, be proactive about their water consumption. On average, dogs should drink about three to six ounces of water for every five pounds of body weight per day. For example, if your pet weighs 30 pounds, they should drink at least 18 to 36 ounces of water daily. 

Always bring extra water when you’re out with your dog, and avoid overly hot or dry conditions. For example, place a few extra bottles in a bag when you leave home with your pet, and use them to supplement their water consumption when you’re out. If your dog refuses to drink from a poured bottle, get a special “on-the-go” pet bottle. These have a squeeze bottle with a small bowl on the end, allowing dogs to take small sips of water instead of gulps from a poured stream. 

At home, check their bowl multiple times a day to ensure they have clean water, and look for debris that may have fallen in. Keep pet bowls in a place where they can access them any time, and avoid putting them away during the day to prevent messes. If you are concerned about water and food spills, keep a waterproof mat underneath the bowls to protect your flooring. 


If you suspect that your dog is dehydrated, contact Cat & Dog Hospital of Columbia. Their experienced pet clinic specialists have been offering pet care since 1984, including emergency services. Learn more about this pet clinic by visiting their website, or call (410) 995-6880 to speak with a member of their team.

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