Dehydrated dogs might not drink

Here's how to talk to dog owners about hydration.
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Jul 28, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

As we enter into the dog days of summer, it’s important to remind clients to keep an eye on their pets’ fluid intake. Clients especially need to watch dogs, because the more dehydrated they become the more reluctant they are to drink water. Talk to dog owners about the common symptoms of dehydration and heat stroke and what they can do to prevent and treat them.

Tell clients to look for:
Excessive panting and drooling
Red, dry, or sticky gums
Lack of coordination
Loss of skin elasticity

What clients can do to prevent dehydration or heat stroke:
Always have water available for pets
Don't leave animals inside cars during hot weather

What clients should do if they suspect dehydration or heat stroke:
Douse the dog with cool water
Let the dog drink small amounts of water or a pet-appropriate oral rehydration fluid 
Bring the dog to the veterinarian