As any dog owner knows, dogs love to be outside in all kinds of weather. Unfortunately, when being outside means frolicking in the summer heat your dog might be at risk of becoming dehydrated, which can be dangerous and even deadly. There are important signs your dog is dehydrated that all pet owners should know in order to keep their pooch safe and comfortable in the summer sun.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, dehydration occurs when your dog looses fluids faster than they take them in, causing their bodies to have to "borrow" water and important electrolytes from their cells to keep working properly. Your dog can easily become dehydrated when it’s hot outside, because they lose water when they sweat and pant to keep cool, PetMD notes. Because your dog can’t say, “I’m thirsty,” you need to be on the lookout for dehydration to keep them safe and healthy. Important signs of dog dehydration include a loss of skin elasticity, or dry mouth, notes the AKC Canine Health Foundation. According to Vets Now, other symptoms, like sunken eyes, lethargy, or collapse, might actually indicate more severe dehydration that requires immediate medical attention.
Of course, the American Veterinary Medical Association notes that preventing your dog from getting dehydrated is best. When it’s hot outside, try to avoid taking your dog with you. And if they need to be outside, be sure they have access to shade and plenty of cool water and that you know these signs your dog is dehydrated: