Summers can be pretty taxing for everyone, especially for pets who cant vocally express their distress. Amongst the many other things that you need to take care of, summer pet care involves keeping a watch over your pet’s hydration needs. Dehydration can lead to life threatening consequences and hence is best avoided. Of course pet lovers would want to know what signs to look out for. So here are a few pointers for you to recognize if your pet is dehydrated or not.
Pet Care: How To Know If They Are Dehydrated
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Recognizing The Earliest Signs Of Dehydration
To begin with, the situation of dehydration is best avoided. It is essential that you keep a watch on your pets behavior in summers and try to recognize early signs. If you notice that your pet is visibly tired, panting more than usual or is walking slower than usual, it is time to pay attention. A few other signs to look out for are dry sunken eyes and a dry mouth or nose. If you do notice any of these signs consult your vet and begin with fluids prescribed.
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The Next Stage Of Dehydration
After the initial stage, your pets skin will start loosing its elasticity. It is a very visible sign. Another cue lies in their gums. If you press your thumb against their gums and release it, it will take time to get back from white to pink. Take your pet to your vet immediately. If the rectal temperature is more than 105°F, it is time for some serious pet care. If you do miss out on all of these signs, your pet won’t be able to walk straight and will be wobbly and unsteady.
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Ways To Avoid Dehydration In Pets
Always have water ready when your pet comes back from his walk. If they empty the water in the bowl refill and see if they need more. That being said, if your pet is on their journey back to hydration give them water little by little. A lot of water at once leads to vomit. If your pet is showing any of the signs mentioned above, start giving them electrolyte mixed with water. Electrolyte restores lost salts and essential minerals along with water.
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If your pet is seriously dehydrated, they will have to be supplemented with a lot of fluids. Pet care for dehydrated pets might involve intravenous injecting of fluids and might call in for hospitalization. During summers its best to watch over your pets diet, fluid intake and exercise regime with care and caution. Should you notice anything out of the ordinary do not hesitate to call over your vet immediately. Do share in your views and thoughts about pets and dehydration.
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