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When we think of nutrition, we often only consider food. Seldom we talk about the importance of water. Water is necessary to virtually every important body function, including lubricating joints, cushioning internal organs, aiding digestion, and regulating body temperature. The loss or removal of water from something or a harmful reduction in the amount of water in the body is the definition of dehydration. Dehydration can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include heat, excessive activity, insufficient fluid consumption, excessive sweating or medication side effects. It can also be caused if there has been a significant reduction in the water levels in the body. Fluids can be lost through sweat, tears, vomiting, urine or diarrhea.
We may have faced this a lot of times during a football game or while running to catch a train or standing in the hot sun for long. And what we run for is a nice and chilled glass of water or an energy drink. Common reasons for feeling dehydrated are –
We are not the only ones who face this. Almost all animals go through this including our beloved pets like cats and dogs.
The causes more or less remain the same in both cats and dogs. These include –
Addison’s disease is another reason which causes dogs to urinate more, resulting into loss of water from the body. There can be other reasons too but these are most commonly seen ones.
Unlike us humans, our lovely pets, unfortunately, cannot communicate in words if they are feeling dehydrated. They do let us know with several signs that we as responsible pet owners must check out for. These include –
These are the most common signs of dehydration. Other signs of dehydration in canines include –
Sometimes dehydration can be just a symptom of an underlying disease including kidney disease, diabetes, or some types of cancer.
Dehydration is normal in pets. In fact, your pet can survive without drinking water for about 72 hours (three days). However, it’ll show signs of dehydration after the first 24 hours. And as time passes, the above signs will keep getting more prominent. Look out for the following signs to know that the pet has reached a dangerous level of dehydration and needs a solution immediately –
All these signs are for when the dehydration levels have risen above the normal levels. You as a responsible and loving owner should be providing immediate remedies and should consult your vet immediately.
If the signs are severe then you must be contacting your vet immediately. On the other hand, there are some quick remedies that you can carry out as soon as you see signs of dehydration. These include –
It is better to prevent dehydration from happening by keeping water accessible all the time when the dog is in the sun or going through training or on a long walk. If the sun exposure is a lot, keep dabbing them with a wet towel to allow the body temperature to stay stable. Do not exhaust the pet completely during any form of physical activity.
Everyone likes a beach outing on hot-sunny day or an occasional run or a trek / hike in the woods. These should be encouraged, but when accompanied by your pets, do take precautions to avoid dehydration in them. We do not want a sick pet or one with low energy levels when on a camp or walk. Your beloved pets can get tired faster than you and may require small doses of water every 10-15 minutes or so during a physical activity. Avail the same for them and keep checking for any signs of dehydration like a loving responsible parent.
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