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Signs & Symptoms of Dog Dehydration

Dogs often communicate through their barks and body language however dogs can’t come out and bark to let their owners that they’re dehydrated. In this article, we will explain the signs and symptoms of dog dehydration and tips for preventing it.

Signs & Symptoms of Dog Dehydration

What Causes Dehydration in Dogs?

The main cause of dehydration in dogs is when fluid intake drops and your dog is unable to replace that lost fluid.

Overheating in the sun can is a lead contributor, but ill dogs that are subject to vomiting and diarrhea are at higher risk of dehydration.

What are the Signs of Dog Dehydration?

Recognizing the signs of dehydration is a key element to preventing it in your dog.

Here are a few simple signs that take no more than a moment to recognize in your pet.

Closeup of a dog's nose

Dry Nose

Ideally, your dog’s nose should be wet, but if by checking it you find that it’s dry, it can be a sign of dehydration.

Dry Gums

Checking your dog’s gums as you do their nose for wetness is another sign.

If your dog has dry gums or you find their gums rather sticky then note this as another sign of dehydration.

Sunken Eyes

If your dog’s eyes appear droopy in any way more than ordinary this is another sign of dehydration.

Loss of Appetite

Watch your dog’s eating habits and note if there is any change.

If your dog has no passion to attack their kibble as usual then this should be noted as another sign.

Cute smooshed-nose dog drinking water from a stainless steel water bowl

How to Prevent Dog Dehydration?

There are simple ways to make sure that your dog won’t suffer from dehydration.

These steps will insure your comfort as an owner of the well-being of your pet.

Plenty of Fresh Water

Make sure that your dog has plenty of fresh water and also make sure that their water intake is consistent on a daily basis.

Prevent Overheating

Keep your dog’s temperature at a cool level and prevent any chance of overheating.


Another alternative to suffice hydration is a children’s brand of Pedialyte.

This will put back lost electrolytes into your dog’s body.

Give your dog a few teaspoons of Pedialyte or Gatorade to rehydrate their systems.

Vet examining a black Labrador dog

Contact your Veterinarian

If none of the above prevention methods work and the symptoms remain present contact your local veterinarian for further evaluation.

Any owner wants their pet to be healthy and strong.

Taking the time out to identify the signs and symptoms of dog dehydration and then taking action by applying the prevention tactics can only benefit your dog.

Doing this will lead your pet to a happier, healthier, and more comfortable life.

Chasta howes

Sunday 11th of September 2022

These are great tips. I pinned these bc we have 2 dogs

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