Just like humans, dehydration in dogs can cause severe health issues. Dogs can lose a lot of water even though they don’t sweat. They lose water from several causes, including panting, diarrhea, and vomiting.
We know how much you love your furry, four-legged friends. So, here are the signs of dehydration you need to look for.
1. Sunken Eyes
Take a look at your dog’s eyes. Notice anything different? The initial signs of dehydration are sunken eyes. The eyes look deprived of moisture and you sense they have lost their usual sparkle. This is because dehydration causes a lot of tissues to be drained out of fluids, including the water in and around the eyes.1
2. Lethargic And Slow Paced
A huge indicator of any sort of distress in your
3. Change In Behavior
It’s not just about their energy; even a sudden change in their overall mood and behavior could be signs of dehydration. If they seem apprehensive, restless, anxious, or uninterested in typical activities, you might want to keep a close eye on your dog.
4. Excessive Panting
You take your dog for a usual morning run. But after the run, you notice they are panting heavier
5. Dry Nose
People say you can tell a lot about a dog’s health by touching their nose. It’s true. A wet nose is healthy for a dog. Dogs release sweat through their nose and when they are dehydrated, their noses become dry.
6. Loss Of Skin Elasticity
If you think your dog is dehydrated, here’s a simple test. Pinch a little of your dog’s skin on the back. The skin should go back down immediately. But, if your dog is dehydrated, the skin will take a few more seconds to settle back. In extreme dehydrated cases, the skin would not go back. This is because the lack of water in the body leads
7. Dry Gums
Another test you could do is to press your index finger firmly on your dog’s gums. This would make the region under your finger turn white. Once you take off the finger, if everything is normal, the gum should turn back into pink instantly. A dehydrated dog’s gums would take a little more time to get back to its pink color. This is known as “delayed capillary refill time” test.3
8. Weak Hind Legs
Severe dehydration can cause dogs to develop weak hind legs. It becomes difficult for them to stand on their feet. This is an advanced state of dehydration.
We know how it hurts to
If you think your dog has any of the above symptoms, mix a little electrolyte in the water and give it to them, or let them lick ice. But, if they refuse to drink water and aren’t getting better, it’s time to visit a vet. We hope your dog gets better soon!