A lot of people understand that as the warm weather comes, we need to up our fluid intake to avoid getting dehydrated. Dehydration has many symptoms and can set in quickly. Older adults, young children and athletes, are especially at risk of dehydration! If you are living in the Newbury, MA area, you have easy access to places to help cool you down this summer: beaches, lush trees providing shade, lakes, rivers and of course, the mountain region just a short driving distance away.
We visit with a lot of dogs throughout the day! Dogs are pretty good at letting us dog walkers know when they’ve had enough and need to take a break while out for a walk. While out hiking, dogs are in their glory and it is up to us to have them take frequent water breaks. To be on the cautious side, walkers will carry water bottles with them and allow cool off time in a lake or pond, wherever it is permitted. Often times, dehydration is an easily preventable illness with plenty of water and cool off time. It is essential that your pup receives adequate amounts of water after his walk. This may even include leaving multiple bowls of water around your home. Certain breeds (bulldogs and pugs) are at a higher risk, as well as young or elderly dogs.

Symptoms of dehydration:

Common symptoms of dehydration will include:

1. Lethargy
2. Diarrhea
3. Vomiting
4. Excessive panting
5. Sunken eyes
6. Tenting skin at the back of your dogs neck
7. Pale gums

Treating dehydration in dogs:

If your dog shows any of the above stated symptoms, it is important to get your dog inside to a cool area immediately. If you don’t have indoor access, wetting your dogs’ feet and legs will help. Ice isn’t recommended as a fluid source if your pup is dehydrated! If cooling your dog down doesn’t seem to help, get your dog to the vet, as soon as possible. Typically, your veterinarian will give IV fluids or an herbal detox. They may also test for any underlying kidney issues that could predispose your dog to organ failure.

Dehydration Prevention:

Sometimes it is just too hot to walk your dog! According to ABC 7 News, There is a quick trick you can do before heading out: lay the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can’t hold your hand there for at least 5 seconds, it is too hot for your dog to walk. Keep in mind over this hot New England summer:

A. Limit your dogs’ exercise in hot weather.
B. Take a bottle of water with you and stop for water breaks.
C. Stop in the shade wherever you can! It helps to walk in shadier areas, as well.
D. Do not ever leave your dog unsupervised in your car. Advice from the American Kennel Club.

 

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