Dehydration is a common emergency in our area, especially during this time of the year! This happens when your dog or cat loses the ability to replace lost fluids orally. These fluids are comprised of vital electrolytes and water.
The most common symptom of dehydration is seen by the loss of elasticity of their skin. You can test this by pulling their skin lightly. If the skin will not readily come back to its original place then you have loss of elasticity. Another symptom is the gums becoming dry and sticky or vomiting. Their saliva may become thick and “gooky” looking. When the dehydration gets worse, your dog or cat can collapse or “faint.”
Because we have so many hot days in Florida, there are some precautions you should know about to prevent your pet getting dehydrated.
Ensure your dog is not left outside all day while you are away at work or doing errands. If they do need to be left outside for whatever reason, ensure that it isn’t too long and there is shade and water easily accessible.
You can also give an electrolyte solution to help keep your pet from becoming dehydrated. You can call our pet hospital and we can direct you on a proper dosage for your dog or cat.
IV fluids may need to be used if your pet does have dehydration.
Dehydration is a common issue in our area. Please take the proper precautions to prevent it!