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Water is essential to all living things. About 71 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water. Up to 60 percent of the human body is made up of water. And like your human body, your canine’s total body water percentage also stands at approximately 60 percent. When this fluid or water level decreases, it can have detrimental effects. At Anasazi Animal Clinic (your local pet clinic serving Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa), we know all too well that as temperatures rise here in Phoenix, there is a greater risk for your dog to become dehydrated.

How Can I Tell If My Is Dog Dehydrated?

Throughout the normal course of a day, your dog is taking in and losing fluids. When the fluid loss becomes disproportionate to the intake, water begins to leave your pup’s cells in order to quench its thirst. As this process occurs, its body loses vital electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium, and chloride, which are responsible for muscle function and other processes in the body. If your dog truly is dehydrated, then his body has reached a point where he can no longer replenish these essential electrolytes in his body through taking fluids orally.

Here are a few common symptoms to look for:

  • Sunken Eyes
  • Exhaustion or lethargy
  • Panting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity

What Can I Do If My Pooch Is Dehydrated?

If you suspect your dog might be dehydrated, it’s important to take him to your local vet immediately. The symptoms listed above are not always that obvious, and if you wait too long to restore the balance in his body, there could be health consequences.

As always, and especially throughout the summer, be sure to supply your dog with constant fresh water. To avoid potential dehydration, check out one of our other recent blog posts on overheating in dogs.

At Anasazi Animal Clinic, our compassionate staff cares deeply about your four-legged family members. Conveniently located in Gilbert, we are your local pet clinic serving Chandler, Mesa, and Gilbert. Whether your pet is suffering from the effects of dehydration or it simply needs a regular check-up, we will lovingly care for your pet and give it the experienced attention it needs. Contact us today!

 

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst (6/14/2018)

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