What is Canine Dehydration?

Dehydration is the drying out of the body!

Dehydration in dogs is a common and dangerous condition.  It is our responsibility to make sure that their needs are immediately addressed.  If left untreated, dehydration can lead to serious physiological complications, including organ failure and even death.

How Does A Dog Become Dehydrated?


• Diarrhea

• Vomiting

                         • Overexposure to Heat

• Fever

                                           • Not Enough Water or Food

                        • Excessive Panting

What Happens when a Dog is NOT Properly Hydrated?

•The cells are no longer able to do their job correctly.

•The ability to regulate heat is greatly compromised.  ESPECIALLY during exercise and as global temperatures increases.

•Without water, proper digestion and absorption of nutrients is significantly reduced.

•Without water, proper absorption of medication is altered.   This creates risks for GI, kidney, and liver problems.

~When you pick up a medication, does the label   ever say, “Drink with Plenty of Water”?

•Without water the elimination of waste becomes difficult.

Sign and Symptoms of Dehydration in Canines


• Vomiting

• Diarrhea

                                   • Not Enough water or food

         • Sunken eyes

             •Loss of Appetite

     • Dry mouth


                         •A change in urination

When dehydration sets in, electrolytes are also lost.  Electrolytes keep the body regulated and functioning normally.  

Dehydration is a serious problem.  If you think your dog is dehydrated, contact your veterinarian immediately.

~It is our responsibility as pet owners to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of dehydration