Dehydration is when a dog or cat has an excessive loss of body water, this symptom could be life-threatening. Dehydration can be caused by either a lack of water intake, or an increase in fluid loss. Excessive fluid loss is often caused by diarrhea, vomiting or overheating. In case of hydration is it advised to consult a veterinarian to determine the cause.
How to Recognize
Panting, dry mouth, fatigue, a fast heartbeat, and loss of appetite are common symptoms that your pet is dehydrated.
Causes of Dehydration
Pets become dehydrated when they do not drink enough water. Pets are more susceptible to dehydration in hot weather and/or if they are very active.
Treatment for Dehydration
If your pet appears dehydrated, provide him/her with cool water immediately. As a rule of thumb, dogs should drink one ounce of water per pound they weigh, and more if they are active and in hot weather. If your pet is dehydrated due to hot weather, move your pet into a cool area.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.