Pet Dehydration

By being aware of the signs and symptoms of pet dehydration, you can help to keep your pet healthy and safe during the warm weather. Our veterinarian at Unleashed Pet Care in Westland, MI, is experienced in treating both dehydration and heatstroke in pets and can offer you tips on how to prevent these conditions.

Pet Dehydration

How Does Dehydration Occur in Pets?

Dehydration can occur when your pet doesn't have enough fluids in its body to function properly. This can be caused by several different things, such as:

  • Not drinking enough water
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive panting or drooling
  • Fever

What Are the Signs of Dehydration in Pets?

If your pet is dehydrated, it may exhibit some or all of the following signs:

Dry Mouth

It is normal for your pet's mouth to be slightly dry, but if it is excessively dry or sticky, this could be a sign of dehydration.

Decreased Appetite

If your pet isn't interested in their food or water, this could be a sign that they are dehydrated.

Lethargy

Dehydrated pets may be less active than usual and may seem tired or sluggish.

What Are the Signs of Heatstroke in Pets?

Heatstroke occurs when your pet's body temperature gets too high, and they cannot cool down. This can be extremely dangerous and even fatal, so it is important to be aware of the signs of heatstroke in pets, which include:

  • Excessive panting or drooling
  • Increased body temperature
  • Red or blue gums
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • Glazed eyes
  • Unconsciousness

How to Treat Dehydration and Heatstroke in Pets

If you think your pet may be dehydrated or suffering from heatstroke, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. There are various treatments that our veterinarian can provide depending on the severity of the condition. They include:

Fluids

For mild cases of dehydration, your pet may simply need to drink more fluids. Our veterinarian can give tips on how much water your pet should drink daily.

Intravenous (IV) Fluids

More severe cases of dehydration are often treated with IV fluids, which are given directly into your pet's vein. This allows the fluids to be quickly absorbed into their system.

Cooling Methods

For pets suffering from heatstroke, it is important to lower their body temperature as quickly as possible. You can apply cool, wet towels to their body or place them in a cool bath. Once their body temperature has been lowered, they will need to be closely monitored and may require additional treatment.

Call Our Veterinarian Today to Schedule an Appointment

If you are concerned that your pet may be dehydrated or suffering from heatstroke, call Unleashed Pet Care in Westland, MI, today at (734) 469-2800. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and schedule an appointment for your pet.

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