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Dog Dehydration Symptoms

Obviously not allowing your dog to get dehydrated is the best policy, but it's important to know the symptoms just the same.

* Loss of skin elasticity- if you pull up skin on your dog's back, it SHOULD spring right back.  If it stays raised...that's a sign of loss of elasticity and dehydration.
* Dr or sunken in looking eyes
* Vomiting
* Mouth and gums are dry and tacky.  Hydrated dogs have a lot of moisture in their mouths.  If you press your finger on your dog's gums and it doesn't go from white right back to pink, that's a bad sign.
* Dry nose
* Diarrhea
* Excessive panting
* Lack of appetite

It's important to contact your vet and rehydrate your dog slowly.  You don't want to give endless amounts of water to be gulped down.  This can absolutely make your dog sick.  Giving small amounts of water, in short intervals, or allowing your pup to lick a few ice cubes until their hydration returns is best.


  1. Great reminder ! Mom is constantly asking us if we are thirsty and now we know why! BOL, Thanks for sharing!

  2. We can never believe the peeps who let their dogs get dehydrated....or leave them in cars in hot weather! There are always ad campaigns about it, but they just don't learn!

  3. We always take water out with us if we do not know if there is a good water source to hand. Luckily our park has a dog friendly fountain so we don't have to bother on our regular walks but other times we always bottle up. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Moly

  4. VERY impawtent information!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws

  5. This really is very important information! We always make sure that we have plenty of water with us for the girls...and for us!! I don't even think humans drink enough water!!


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