General information on Dehydration
dehydration is the excess loss of body fluids. During illness, dehydration may be caused by an inadequate fluid intake. Fever increases the loss of water. This becomes significant if the dog does not drink enough to offset it. Other common causes of dehydration are prolonged vomiting and diarrhea.
Symptoms of Dehydration
One of the symptoms of dehydration is loss of skin elasticity. When the skin along the back is picked up into a fold, it should spring back into place. In dehydration, the skin stays up in a ridge. Another sign is dryness of the mouth. Late signs are sunken eyes and circulatory collapse.
Treatments for Dehydration
If your dog is noticeably dehydrated, you should seek veterinary attention. Treatment is directed at replacing fluids and preventing further losses.
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Dehydration experience by - Chloe
Melbourne, Florida USA
We picked up a beautiful sable 1 year old Pit. Sweetest Dog I have ever seen. She left shelter on antibiotics and cough med. We couldn't get her to eat or drink. This am we took her to an emergency vet clinic. Without x-ray he said she had pneumonia and URI. Wanted to keep her there for 1,500.00. Remember, we got this sweetie from the shelter yesterday. She's been on antibiotic x 5 days. Se we comprised adding an antibiotic and 2 oz of Pedialite every 45 mins. Vet said it could be simple or could be distemper. She has yet to pee in 24 hours. We are at a loss of what to do - we fell hard for this girl. We have no other animals or kids in house.
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