How to Know If Your Dog Is Dehydrated

Make sure that your puppy is safe from dehydration and illness!
Unbeknownst to many pet owners, most pets actually suffer from dehydration. Dehydration happens when water ratios in the body fall 5% below normal. When this happens, pets will start to show certain signs: sunken eyes, dry mouth (which can cause bad breath), and poor skin elasticity. Also, dehydration can cause more detrimental problems like lethargy, increased heart rate, and constipation. If you want to test your pup, just check your pup's mucus membranes. To do this, you can lift your pet's lips to expose their gums. Then, place your index finger flat on the gum and slide your finger across. If the gums are moist and your finger slides easily, then your dog is not dehydrated.

What Dogs Are More Prone to Dehydration?

Yes, there are certain dogs that are more prone to dehydration. The dogs that are at the highest risk are those that are dealing with illness, especially chronic illness. Dogs with chronic illnesses (kidney disorders, diabetes, and cancer) are using more energy to battle their illness and are usually feeling nauseous. Because of this, they are less likely to want to eat and drink fluids. In addition to sick dogs, elderly and pregnant or nursing dogs are at a higher risk to become dehydrated. In any of these cases, it is extremely important for you to provide your pup with clean, delicious water.

How Does Dehydration Happen?
Dehydration occurs when your pup either loses too much fluid or isn't taking enough fluid in. Oftentimes, this happens when your dog is outdoors in the heat or when he is exercising. Also if your dog is having a bout of diarrhea, he is going to be dehydrated (this often happens with puppies). The key to battling dehydration is making sure that your pets have clean water. By giving them filtered water, you will be giving them a clean, refreshing oasis that they look forward to drinking from.

The Drinkwell Multi-Tier Pet Fountain is one of the premier products offered by Drinkwell!
Drinkwell products are specifically aimed at providing your pup with the filtered water that your dog craves. Drinkwell fountains come in a variety of designs for you to choose from. Each fountain comes with a set of filters and uses constant movement to purify your pup's water. All you have to do is plug your fountain in, fill the six cup water dish, and let your dog enjoy the clean, chilled water.

If you have any further questions about your pet's needs, Drinkwell, or any of our other products, feel free to e-mail, call us, or check out the Pet Street Mall website anytime. We love all animals and take pride in providing you with any information you may need.

By: Tim Snyder
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